Ministry of Health gears up efforts to keep Hajj infection-free

August 29, 2014

The Ministry of Health has made arrangements to screen arriving Hajj pilgrims for the Coronavirus ((MERS-CoV)) and Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and provide pilgrims with health care services in the holy city of Makkah and at the main entry points of King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Jeddah Islamic Port, Arab News reported today.   Abdulsalam Noorwali, director of Ministry of Health in the Makkah region, told the English daily that the Ministry of Health is currently in the process of setting up temporary health centers on all roads leading to the Makkah.  “We are on the alert for corona and Ebola viruses and fully equipped to screen any pilgrim suspected of carrying the infections at the two main entry points,” Sami Badawood, director of Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Around 620 personnel have been posted in the health and surveillance center at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport and another 100 at the Jeddah Islamic Port to screen arriving pilgrims and provide them with medical aid,” Badawood told Arab News.

All pilgrims must present proof of vaccination for meningitis and ACYW135. For infants and children under fifteen years of age, a vaccination report is required for polio as well as meningitis and polio.  The meningitis vaccination should be given ten before departure and polio vaccination is mandatory for all pilgrims coming from Africa, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and African countries where polio is endemic.

The director asserted that the Ministry of Health is determined to keep Haj free from any epidemic in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

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