2004 News Story

Pilgrims to receive health pamphlets in 10 languages
As part of its health education program for pilgrims, the Ministry of Health will distribute 1.75 million pamphlets in 10 languages during the upcoming Hajj 1425 season.

"The ministry has a comprehensive program to ensure that pilgrims follow basic health rules," said Dr. Khaled Al-Merghalani, general supervisor for communications and health awareness campaign at the Ministry of Health. Pamphlets are printed in English, Arabic, French, Urdu, Indonesian, Persian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese and Bengali. In addition to the booklets, Dr. Al-Merghalani said the ministry had put up posters in public places in both Makkah and Madinah and also at the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah.  Pilgrims arriving at the Hajj Terminal will also hear the health messages in 13 languages.  The pamphlets advise pilgrims on personal cleanliness, environmental health and the best conduct in a crowded situation.

Meanwhile, on December 13, 2004, the Broadcasting Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began transmission of Pilgrimage Enlightenment Radio.  The seasonal radio service will broadcast through February 9, 2005, in ten languages: Arabic, English, French, Persian, Turkish, Hausa, Indonesian, Urdu, Bengali and Pashtu.