E-Media: Mina - The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced Monday that the overall health and well-being of pilgrims is “reassuring,” due to strict health precautions to prevent the spread of pandemic diseases. Around 60,000 pilgrims visited medical centers in Makkah between Nov. 18 and 21. The head of the Hajj preparatory committees at the Ministry of Health dismissed rumors pilgrims purchased false swine flu vaccination certificates to enter the Kingdom. “Such rumors simply are not true, because we never asked pilgrims to have certificates as a prerequisite for obtaining Hajj visas,” Dr. Yakoob Al-Mazrou’a told a press conference at the Moth's headquarters in Mina on Sunday. Road Security officers will closely monitor the ambulance trip from Madina to Makkah, he added as Saudi Press Agency. “The number of our health-care and administrative personnel at all key ports was increased. Around 580 staff who are specially trained to identify suspected cases of swine flu, were mobilized at the two major points of entry for the majority of pilgrims, 450 at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and 130 at Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah,” he pointed out. Dr. Al-Mazrou’a said all hospitals and over 140 health-care centers throughout the Kingdom have been provided with the swine flu vaccine to administer to any citizen or resident intending to perform Hajj.
Last Modified Date: 10/02/2013 - 4:11 PM Saudi Arabia Time
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