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Pilgrims asked to follow WHO’s advice to avert virus
August 22, 2015, 9:17 am

 Chairman of the Media Office at Ministry of Health and Chairman of Coronavirus Awareness Committee Dr. Ghalia Al- Mutairi disclosed that the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines and advices for Hajj pilgrims on how to avoid contracting coronavirus during the holy pilgrimage, reports Al- Seyassah daily.

She affirmed the need for the pilgrims to use effective practical methods for gathering information related to the disease before leaving for the pilgrimage. Dr Al-Mutairi insisted that this information is specially important for people with weak health, public health officials, health care officials who take care of sick pilgrims, manufacturing companies, public transport companies that carry transports and the public in general.

She said WHO stated that the procedures prior to the Umra and Hajj pilgrimages should include intimating pilgrims about the fact that people with previous cases of chronic cases such as diabetes, lung ailments and HIV/AIDS have higher chances of contracting the disease during the period.

Dr. Al-Mutairi insisted that pilgrims should contact medical practitioners for receiving information about the possible dangers and evaluating their health conditions to determine whether they should embark on the pilgrimage. Meanwhile, Kuwait Airways allocated 17 flights with a total of 3,000 seats this Hajj season, regional director of the national airlines Nasser Khurshaid announced on Thursday. He said in a press conference that the takeoff date to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah will be on 14 September, while the return date will be on 27 September.  He added that 6,400 pilgrims from Kuwait will perform Hajj this season, pointing out that facilitations have been made among Hajj mission offices, Kuwait Directorate of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Interior to make this third season of Hajj easier and smoother.

Source: Arab Times

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