Medical caravan carrying 21 pilgrims leave for Makkah

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Cii Radio|Ayesha Ismail| 30 August 2017| 08 Zhul Hijjah 1438

A medical caravan consisting of 29 ambulances and carrying 21 pilgrims left Madinah for the holy sites in Makkah.

The pilgrims were inpatients of various hospitals in Madinah. There are a total of 21 ambulances carrying pilgrims while the remaining eight are accompanying them to extend support services. Each pilgrim is accompanied by a doctor and nurse. The pilgrims include 12 inpatients from Madinah’s King Fahd Hospital, four from Al-Ansar Hospital, two from Meeqat Hospital, and one each from Heart Diseases Center, Uhud Hospital and Al-Hamnah Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health urged Haj pilgrims to avoid direct exposure to sun and stay away from places with heavy concentration of pilgrims while performing their rituals in Makkah and the holy sites. It called on the pilgrims to have more liquid intake, take rest and use umbrellas in order to avoid becoming victims of sunstroke. The ministry has mobilized its staff to tackle care of heat exhaustion and sunstrokes in Makkah and the holy sites.

The ministry has also warned pilgrims against buying food that is exposed to sun and from unknown sources, especially from street vendors. The pilgrims must be vigilant against being victims of food poisoning. Fruit and vegetables shall be used only after washing them. The ministry urged pilgrims to use more fruit and vegetables that contain huge quantity of fiber. More liquid, including 1-2 liters of water, shall be consumed daily, it added.

Source – Saudi Gazette