UAE unveils health initiative for Hajj pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia
Head of health ministry's Hajj Medical Mission says clinics have been set up in Makkah, Madinah, Mina, and Arafat
The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have launched a campaign focused on health requirements and recommendations for pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah in 2019.
Undersecretary of Mohap's health assistant sector, which includes health centres and clinics, Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, said: "These efforts would help ensure the health and safety of all pilgrims and protect them from possible health hazards, most importantly infectious and chronic diseases.”
Head of Mohap's Hajj Medical Mission, Dr Abdul Karim Al Zarouni, added: “There are healthcare clinics equipped with the latest equipment and medical supplies in Makkah, Madinah, Mina, and Arafat, as well as mobile medical teams and equipped ambulances with hotlines to respond to health pilgrims' inquiries, communicate with medical teams to provide medicines, and monitor the performance of these team in serving pilgrims.”
Al Zarouni said the ministry would train 140 doctors from primary healthcare centres across the Emirates to provide medical awareness services for Hajj Pilgrims.
Head of Mohap’s Immunisation Section, Dr Laila Al-Jasmi, said all pilgrims would have to be vaccinated against meningitis as per the requirements of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health.