Haia men exceeded limits, girl too was at fault: Probe

Updated 11 February 2016
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Haia men exceeded limits, girl too was at fault: Probe

RIYADH: Appropriate action has been taken against the Haia members who were involved in beating up a girl opposite the Nakheel shopping mall here recently, but the girl was also at fault, a Haia official has clarified.
“A probe has revealed that the girl had committed an irregularity, which necessitated here questioning. However, the Haia men did not follow the regulations while handling the case,” Mohammed Al-Sibr, the spokesman of Haia, was quoted as saying by local media on Wednesday.
A video of the girl being beaten up by members of Haia (Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice) sparked a furor on social media.
Al-Sibr said that Haia would like to stress that it is committed to Shariah teachings and applicable systems in all its procedures and, at the same time, does not accept any prejudice over the rights of the accused which are guaranteed by the Shariah.
“Haia also does not accept any offense against its employees and would take necessary action in case it happens,” he warned.
A friend of the girl who was beaten up by Haia members gave some details about the incident to local media and described the incident as “grave injustice from Haia men.”
The girl, who managed to escape into the mall, said she was walking with her friend — the girl who was beaten up — near the mall looking for a taxi when they were stopped by the Haia patrol. “They asked us to cover our faces, but we initially refused to do so. However, when one of the Haia members stepped down from the car, we covered our faces,” she said.
The girl said one of the Haia members asked them whether they were employees or students and ordered them to get into the car. “We refused to get into the car until our relatives were called. But the Haia members tried to drag us into the car, and I managed to escape into the mall, whereas my friend fled toward the main road,” she said.
“My friend was released by the Haia members and arrived home in a mini-bus in a bad psychological condition.”
Haia members took her personal bag and other items, but could not take the mobile phone, she added.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


HIGHLIGHTS

The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.