Kingdom enacts swine flu preventative measures for Hajj season

July 23, 2009

Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah led the Saudi delegation to an extraordinary session of the Health Ministers of the Eastern Mediterranean region held in Cairo yesterday. The meeting was convened to discuss measures aimed at preventing the spread of the H1N1-A virus (swine flu) during the upcoming Hajj and Umrah season.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah confirmed that the Saudi Ministry of Health has a sufficient quantity of the H1N1-A vaccine for visiting pilgrims, as well as Saudi citizens. He stressed the Kingdom’s commitment to enforcing the recommendations made during an experts’ workshop held recently in Jeddah, which was attended by representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and anti-epidemic centers in the U.S., Australia, China and Europe.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah said that the Kingdom is currently enforcing a series of preventative measures at its land, sea and air ports of entry, citing the use of advanced technology to detect virus carriers at border.

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