Saudi health minister: No epidemic cases recorded among pilgrims

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The Saudi Ministry of Health confirmed that no cases have been recorded of epidemics or diseases among the pilgrims, adding that the health situation was reassuring.

Saudi health minister Dr. Tawfiq Bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah said in an interview with Al Saudia TV channel that any epidemic cases have not been registered during this year Hajj season.


The Minister said that the ministry focuses on the preventive aspects during the Hajj and follows developments and changes in the global health situation in cooperation with the World Health Organization and other international health bodies.

He added that all departments at the ministry took several precautionary measures ahead of the Hajj season, including the issuance of health requirements to pilgrims according to global epidemiological variables, and their distribution to all countries where pilgrims come from through the Saudi embassies and consulates abroad to work on granting Umrah and Hajj visas.

The minister also said that these precautionary measures were also activated at health facilities across all entry ports for pilgrims.

He pointed out that there are medical teams at the Kingdom's entry ports where there are more than 1750 qualified person working on testing pilgrims entering the Kingdom, and ensure their safety from any epidemic disease, and if in doubt of any case, immediately it will be isolated to ensure safety of everyone.

With SPA

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