Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019

Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019
The meeting, chaired by Maj. Khalid bin Abdulkarim Al-Awdah, assistant director of Civil Defense in Makkah, highlighted efforts to implement medical evacuation plans. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2019

Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019

Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019
  • Medical evacuation plans have been put in place for the holy sites, the Holy Mosque and the surrounding squares during the Hajj
  • Around 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims will be performing Hajj this year

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has put in place special medical evacuation plans for Hajj 2019 with emergency paramedical and medical teams positioned at the holy sites, the Holy Mosque and the surrounding squares during Hajj, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Teams involved in the implementation of medical evacuation plan and dealing with emergencies during the Hajj season held a meeting on Saturday to coordinate their work to maintain pilgrim safety, the SPA reported.
The meeting, chaired by Maj. Khalid bin Abdulkarim Al-Awdah, assistant director of Civil Defense in Makkah, highlighted efforts to enforce the medical evacuation plans especially during the peak days of Tarwiyah, Arafah, Eid Al-Adha, and Tashreeq.
The meeting also discussed procedures to support medical evacuation with ambulatory and medical teams provided by the health affairs authority in Makkah during Arafah, positioned in the vicinity of Namirah Mosque and Mount Arafat.
Participants were briefed on the level of readiness of the medical evacuation points at the holy sites’ train stations, as well as the medical evacuation teams on the train route and ways of dealing with obstacles that hinder implementing medical evacuation.