The Ministry of Health has taken all necessary steps to ensure a safe Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah this year for all willing Kuwaiti Pilgrims, said a ministry official on Thursday. The ministry has allocated 32 health centers all across the country where prospective pilgrims would be given a thorough medical checkup and required inoculations before departing to Makkah, said in a press statement Dr. Majda Al-Qattan, assistant undersecretary for general health services at the ministry.
She said all pilgrims would be provided with health cards issued by the ministry proving their having been inoculated and deemed healthy enough to travel to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. She said certain people, such as the elderly (over 70 years old), pregnant women, minors, and those suffering from chronic diseases would be strongly cautioned to forgo making the pilgrimage this year.
Upon return from Makkah, all pilgrims would be medically supervised by the ministry for a period of 14 days to ensure that they had not picked up any diseases while on pilgrimage, she said. Both on leaving the country to Makkah and returning to the country afterwards, all pilgrims would be checked by thermal cameras at the points of departure and return, she said.