Saudi Ara­bia’s Hajj agen­cies ‘ready to serve over 2m pil­grims’

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MINA: Agen­cies in­volved in Hajj prepa­ra­tions are ready to serve more than 2 mil­lion pil­grims, a se­nior Saudi of­fi­cial said. Pil­grims have ar­rived in prepa­ra­tion for the “Day of Tar­wiyah,” which falls to­day, said In­te­rior Min­istry Spokesman Maj. Gen. Man­sour Al-Turki. He said the Hajj plan would serve over 2 mil­lion pil­grims, in­clud­ing 1,747,440 who have al­ready ar­rived from abroad and an­other 200,000 from in­side Saudi Ara­bia, in­clud­ing cit­i­zens and res­i­dents. Al-Turki stressed the ef­forts made at the en­trance to the holy sites to de­tect any vi­o­la­tions of Hajj reg­u­la­tions. He said more than 400,000 peo­ple have been turned away for lack­ing Hajj per­mits. A to­tal of 208,236 cars driven by those with­out the cor­rect per­mits were turned away, while an­other 3,296 ve­hi­cles were seized at the en­trances to Makkah, of­fi­cials said. Ha­tim bin Has­san Qadi, ad­viser to the min­is­ter of Hajj, an­nounced the com­ple­tion of the first phase of the pil­grim-re­ceiv­ing plan through the en­try points in Makkah and Mad­i­nah. He said 19,500 buses trans­ported pil­grims from Mad­i­nah to Makkah while an­other 38,000 buses trans­ported pil­grims from other ar­eas. Pil­grims will later be trans­ported to Mina by 9,000 buses. Ah­mad bin Rayan Barayan, gen­eral su­per­vi­sor of pub­lic re­la­tions and me­dia at the Saudi Red Cres­cent Au­thor­ity (SRCA), said the fa­cil­i­ties in­clude 133 am­bu­lance cen­ters run by 78 physi­cians and spe­cial­ists and 2,500 ad­min­is­tra­tive em­ploy­ees and tech­ni­cians. He said there are 25 teams as­signed for ad­vanced re­sponse that will sup­port fiel­d­ambu­lance teams, in ad­di­tion to other am­bu­lance teams. There are four well-equipped air am­bu­lances while 500 male and fe­male vol­un­teers will serve at the Grand Mosque and Arafat sites. Health Min­istry Spokesman Mishaal AlRabian an­nounced the com­ple­tion of the min­istry’s prepa­ra­tions for the cur­rent Hajj sea­son through the prepa­ra­tion of 25 hos­pi­tals and 155 med­i­cal cen­ters at the holy sites. Th­ese are sup­ported by 100 small am­bu­lances work­ing as mo­bile in­ten­sive-care units, which are ca­pa­ble of reach­ing crowd- ed ar­eas to at­tend to the in­jured. He said the min­istry pre­pared more than 285 spe­cial rooms to re­ceive cases of heat stress and sun­stroke, while me­dial teams car­ried out free-of-charge op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing open heart pro­ce­dures, car­diac catheter­i­za­tion, dial­y­sis and other med­i­cal ser­vices. Civil De­fense Spokesman Col. Ab­dul­lah Al-Harthi said the first phase of the emer­gency plan of the cur­rent Hajj sea­son had been com­pleted with­out any in­ci­dent that could have ad­versely af­fected the safety of pil­grims. He said the num­ber of agen­cies in­volved in the emer­gency plan had in­creased from 19 to 32, with five mock in­ci­dents car­ried out to pre­pare them.

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