Health-care during Hajj
Hajj is a sacred and blissful duty assigned by Allah Almighty that demands complete ability of a person to exert physically apart from all the spiritual acts associated with this ibadah. Hajj is the season in which thousands of Muslims from every part of the world living in different climates approach to the Holy cities of Makkah and Medina. There could be an assortment of factors that play a vital role in transferring diseases from one person to another. Though Saudi Arabia provides free health care to all pilgrims during the Hajj but one should take all the possible measures prescribed by the health department to avoid any diseases and make the performance of Hajj easier for you and your Muslim brothers and sisters.
From the past many years, pilgrims have been undergoing a number of health issues which involve diseases related to respiration, food poisoning, cholera and meningitis which result in massive number of deaths and high rate of casualties. Moreover, there are also so many people who end up suffering from sun stroke and heat exhaustion being not fully aware of the weather conditions in Saudi Arabia.
Below is the summarized list of general health care instructions and the inoculations you need before traveling for the sacred journey of Hajj:
- It is advised by the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia to have a flu vaccination.
- It is a compulsion for the pilgrims to get the Meningococcal Vaccine otherwise they won’t be able to get their visa for Hajj without the proof of vaccination. The pilgrims need to hold a certificate of vaccination dated between three years and ten days for going to Makkah.
- It is suggested to take a basic medical kit with you consisting of regular prescription medicines, oral rehydration therapy and self-treatment for diarrhea.
- The pilgrims should also be certain about their polio vaccination. The vaccines should be taken at least 2 weeks before the journey.
- It is commended for adults above the age of 65 and people suffering from heart diseases and lung diseases to take additional vaccines like Pneumococcal Vaccine.
The pilgrims can minimize the risk of getting infected by following the necessary precautionary measures. However it is highly recommended that you meet your health provider at least 4 months before departure so he may advise you the best in view of your general health and medical history.
It is really a tough situation for the health department of Saudi Arabia to deal with thousands and thousands of pilgrims to prevent them from getting any diseases. Various health centers are working in the twin cities of Makkah and Medina to provide medical services to the pilgrims during the season of Hajj. Additionally, medical examinations and tests are carried out for pilgrims at land, air and sea ports. The government of Saudi Arabia has put in a lot of funds which includes hiring experienced personnel to help the pilgrims relating health issues. In short, the Saudi health department does every effort to make sure that the pilgrims get pleasure from the opportunity to perform the Hajj in ease and comfort.