DUBAI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) is fully prepared to provide qualified staff, medical equipment and health services for all pilgrims during this year’s pilgrimage, Acting Director-General Ministry of Health Dr Salem Al Darmaki said.
The MoH has drawn up a clear strategy to raise the pilgrims’ awareness of reading the guidelines and instructions before their travel and during Haj.
The ministry has secured medical equipment, staff and medicines for the UAE centre for the Haj pilgrimage.
The director-general gave this assurance following a meeting with the members of the pilgrims’ medical committee that took place at Al Owais auditorium at Al Baraha Hospital in Dubai.
“Following the instructions of Dr Hanif Hassan, UAE Minister of Health, we aim towards fulfilling the requirements of the pilgrims, protecting them from infectious diseases and providing them with treatment in case of any sudden health crisis,” Dr Darmaki said.
Dr Abdul Karim Al Zarouni, Director, Health Advertisements, MoH and Head of the pilgrims committee, said doctors and nurses will be escorting pilgrims.
He said Haj campaigns were launched to double check the availability of health cards for the pilgrims, fully equipped ambulance cares and necessary devices in coordination with the official pilgrims’ delegation.
He lauded the efforts of the delegation doctors in classifying the pilgrims when facing chronic diseases, giving them the required care and making sure they take their medicines regularly.
He also stressed on the importance of informing the delegation of any infections or diseases among the pilgrims.
Dr Zarouni said the delegation doctor’s work begins before leaving for the holy land and continues through his presence in Saudi Arabia and giving pilgrims vaccinations against meningitis as well as advice on diverse methods of preventing meningitis.
“The doctor is also requested to be keen on the pilgrim’s card, maintain the names and details of the delegations and the list of members with chronic disease or those who are sensitive to any medication.
“We also make sure that the pilgrims’ health status allows them to go for Haj without any dangers and that chronic disease patients have their required medications,” Dr Zarouni added.