Saudi Ministry Advises Hajj Pilgrims with Chronic Conditions to Carry Medical Records

14:43 - May 18, 2024
News ID: 3488386
IQNA – In a recent advisory, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj has called on prospective Hajj pilgrims with chronic illnesses to ensure they carry their medical documents when traveling to the kingdom for the pilgrimage.


The statement released by the ministry specifically addressed those with special medical needs: "If you are suffering from an illness that needs special medical treatment, and use specific medicines and compound medical equipment, don’t forget to bring in your medical documents in order to get care and facilitate your journey on arrival and departure."

Additionally, overseas pilgrims are mandated to receive the Neisseria meningitidis vaccine before entering Saudi Arabia, with a certificate of vaccination required from their home countries.

Vaccinations against polio, COVID-19, and seasonal flu are also compulsory as part of the kingdom's measures to safeguard the health and safety of the pilgrims during the annual event.

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Domestic pilgrims are not exempt from these precautions; they must complete vaccinations for COVID-19, seasonal influenza, and meningitis before participating in the Hajj rituals.

The Ministry of Hajj has informed that these vaccinations are available at primary healthcare centers and has urged pilgrims to register on the Health Ministry’s Sehaty app prior to their arrival in Mecca.

The advisory comes as early groups of pilgrims have begun arriving in Saudi Arabia from various countries in preparation for the Hajj, which is set to start on June 14 this year, subject to the lunar calendar.


Source: Agencies

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