Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

MoH gears up efforts to keep Haj infection-free  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 29/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Health has made elaborate arrangements to check incoming Haj pilgrims and provide them with health care in the holy city of Makkah and at the main entry points of King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Jeddah Islamic Port.

'The Health Ministry is also equipping all hospitals in Mina Arafat and other holy sites in Makkah with the requisite facilities and medicines to attend to pilgrims' said Abdulsalam Noorwali director of Ministry of Health in the Makkah region. He added that maintenance and renovation jobs had been completed at all the health facilities at the holy sites in Makkah.

A special team from the ministry has inspected emergency wards and operation theaters in hospitals which will be in operation during Haj he said.

The director also said that the ministry is in the process of establishing temporary health centers on all roads leading to Makkah. Special arrangements have been made at the health centers on Taif Road in addition to six health centers on roads connecting Makkah.

Noorwali said that these centers are working around the clock in two shifts equipped with all facilities and enabled with ambulances to move pilgrims to nearby hospitals in the event of complications.

A team of experts visited Hera General Hospital in Makkah on Wednesday to gauge the standard of services offered to patients by hospital staff.

In Jeddah the Ministry of Health has made effective and elaboraterrangements at King Abdulaziz International Airport and Jeddah Islamic Port to screen incoming Haj pilgrims for the Corona and Ebola viruses.

'We are on the alert for corona and Ebola viruses and fully equipped to screen any pilgrim suspected of carrying the infections at the two main entry points' Sami Badawood director of Ministry of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the ministry has installed thermal cameras and state-of-the-art technology at the ports of entry and deployed a number of staff working around the clock to process the entry of pilgrims from abroad.

'Around 620 personnel have been posted in the health and surveillance center at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport and another 100 at the Jeddah Islamic Port for screening the pilgrims and provide them with medical aid' Badawood said.

He added that any suspected case of coronavirus or Ebola will be referred to specialized hospitals in Jeddah for quarantine.

The Health ministry's team is also checking arriving pilgrims for vaccinations against meningitis. Furthermore another team from the ministry is conducting inspections of aircraft at King Abdulaziz International Airport to ensure that they have appropriate certification and are equipped with antivirus disinfectants.

The director asserted that the Ministry of Health is determined to keep Haj free from any epidemic in line with the directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.


Arab News

  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 27 2015 - Qatar- Buoyed by strong buying, QSE snaps four days bearish spellGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Snapping four days of bearish spell, Qatar Stock Exchange gained a marginal 11 points, mainly on buying in the transport, realty and insurance stocks.Domestic institutions ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Saudi Aramco plans to invest more in Indonesian oil sectorGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Saudi Aramco is looking for further investment opportunities in Indonesia's downstream refining and petrochemicals industry, the company's CEO said yesterday, after initiating a ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Despite $500bn loss, Opec seen holding the line at Vienna meetGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) It'll take more than $40 crude to make Opec change its mind, analysts said before the group's December 4 meeting in Vienna.In the year since the Organisation of Petroleum ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Qatar- WTCC season finale set to light up Losail circuitGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) This time at the Losail International Circuit, the screeching wail of the MotoGP and the WSBK motorcycles will be replaced by the guttural exhaust note of the touring cars ...

 Nov 27 2015 - UK- Time to start bombing IS, Cameron tells lawmakersGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers yesterday it was time to join air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, saying Britain cannot "subcontract its security ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Blogger case still before Saudi courts: ministerGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) The case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose flogging sentence created worldwide outrage, is still before the courts, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday."The legal ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Palestinian hits Israeli soldiers with car in West Bank, shot deadGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the occupied West Bank Friday before being shot dead, police said. "A Palestinian car hit two Israelis ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Envoy meets head of Qatar-EU Friendship GroupGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar's Ambassador to Belgium and head of Qatar's mission to the European Union, HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani, met at the European Parliament the head of the ...

 Nov 27 2015 - Qatar- Traffic diversion for 2 years in Al Rayyan areaGulf Times
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A traffic diversion for almost two years will come into effect on Gharrafat Al Rayyan Street between Gharrafat Al Rayyan Roundabout and Qatar Foundation (Civil Defence) from ...

 Nov 27 2015 - KSA's Aramco plans to spend big-cash in IndonesiaMENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Aramco seeks further investment chances in Indonesia's downstream refining and petrochemicals industry, amid its recent USD5.5 billion development to enhance Indonesia's biggest ...




Click to Apply


Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help