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Hajj season clear of epidemics - official
September 14, 2016, 4:06 pm

This year's Hajj season is free of epidemics' outbreaks and the faithful are generally enjoying good health, said Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Wednesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Mina, the minister said medical teams provided vaccines against polio and meningitis, adding that regular inspection of the devotees at the holy sites minimized number of sun stroke and heat-caused fatigue's cases.

Number of pilgrims who have been admitted at hospitals and medical centers since start of the religious services amounted to more than 400,000, minister Al-Rabiah said, also noting that there had been around 340 cardiac operations and 1,730 kidney dialysis procedures.

Moreover, up to 300 patients had been transported on stretchers to Arafa to perform some of the rituals.

For his part, Dr. Jawad Mahjour, the deputy regional director of the World Health Organization, expressed gratitude during the news conference for the Kingdom's success in safeguarding the pilgrims against communicable diseases. WHO teams have also helped in the medical measures during the rituals. 

Source: KUNA

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