Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelines

Medical missions accompanying Hajj pilgrims from overseas countries are required to follow guidelines from the Saudi Ministry of Health. (SPA file photo)
Updated 18 July 2019

Hajj pilgrim medical teams follow Health Ministry guidelines

  • Teams should have a valid medical waste contract with a certified local company that covers the Hajj season

RIYADH: Medical missions accompanying Hajj pilgrims from overseas countries are following Ministry of Health guidelines, according to officials.

The ministry has issued guidelines saying that it requires the teams accompanying pilgrims to comply with technical requirements that include the mission having at least one physician per 1,000 pilgrims and at least 20 percent of the physicians in the medical mission having public health qualifications.

Teams should have a valid medical waste contract with a certified local company that covers the Hajj season, their clinics should include at least one infectious diseases isolation room that meets Health Ministry standards and the medical mission should commit to reporting notifiable infectious diseases to the Saudi health system using approved reporting methods.

Indonesia is sending the largest number of Muslims on Hajj and this year 231,000 Indonesians will visit.

Speaking to Arab News, Dr. Eka Jusup Singka, director of the Hajj Health Center, Ministry of Health, Indonesia, said: “We are following these guidelines.”

“We have a team of 308 health officers that include specialist doctors, general physicians, sanitarian and health promotion staff,” he said.

He added that 231 members of the team are doctors and the rest include pharmacists, paramedics and support staff.

Singka told Arab News that they have clinics in Makkah, Madinah and mobile teams at the airports. “We have brought medicines from Indonesia,” he said.

Asked about having a valid medical waste contract with a certified local company, he said: “Yes, we have arrangements with the local company.”

Regarding clinics including at least one infectious diseases isolation room, Singka said: “We have an infection room, and make such arrangements every year. Our clinics have been inspected by the MoH officials in Makkah and Madinah.”

“We are very happy for all their assistance,” he said. “If there are cases of infectious disease we immediately refer them to the local Saudi hospital for laboratory examination and advance medication.”

“We are very happy with the support from the Saudi health ministry,” he said.

Noor Rahman Sheikh, consul general of India, told Arab News: “We have a team of 638 delegates that include specialist doctors, general physicians and support staff.”

Of the total staff, there are 170 doctors, 185 paramedics and 283 administrative staff supporting the mission. “The government of India sends medicines and we follow the ministry guidelines as required,” he said.

Saudi Arabia last month increased India’s Hajj quota from 170,000 to 200,000, paving the way for 30,000 more pilgrims to visit for the annual event.


Basta Market introduces family-oriented activities 

Traders in the market are showcasing a wide range of products, from food and fashion accessories to art. (AN photo)
Updated 4 min 35 sec ago

Basta Market introduces family-oriented activities 

  • Traders in the annual Basta Market — with over 150 booths open to customers from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday for the next seven weeks — are showcasing a wide range of products, from food and fashion accessories to art

JEDDAH: The fifth edition of Basta Market launched in the north side of the Jeddah Center for Events and Forums on Friday, under the auspices of Fayez Al-Harbi, founder of Basta Market and vice chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).
The market is supported by the JCCI and aims to promote Saudi entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Al-Harbi and members of the JCCI praised the market’s role in backing SMEs and promoting tourism, trade and economic development.
Traders in the annual Basta Market — with over 150 booths open to customers from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday for the next seven weeks — are showcasing a wide range of products, from food and fashion accessories to art.
In addition to the vast array of cultural activities the annual market has to offer, new ones have been introduced, with many geared toward families with children, including a water balls playground, climbing and graffiti walls, and face painting. The market is expected to achieve a record number of visitors.