Pilgrims urged to bring sufficient medication
JEDDAH: Malaysian pilgrims are reminded to bring a sufficient supply of medication for their ailments as prescribed by their doctors.
Jeddah medical officer Dr Mohd Rohisham Zainal Abidin said although Saudi authorities might check pilgrims’ luggage upon arrival, having large quantities of medicine or pills would not be an issue if they have proper medical records.
“Saudi medical authorities will randomly check medical record books of haj pilgrims to confirm that they have taken the required immunisation injections.
“So far, we have had no problems.”
Dr Rohisham is the head of the medical unit responsible for the health of Malaysian pilgrims upon arrival.
A team of four, two doctors and two officers, will await the arrival of Malaysian pilgrims at the King Abdulaziz International Airport, ready to monitor and assist those with medical issues, the handicapped and senior citizens.
“When the pilgrims arrive, we screen those that need medical attention.
“We have already identified them beforehand from the flight manifest,” Dr Rohisham said. He said a waiting time at the airport that took too long could affect elderly pilgrims as well, but the medical team would be ready to help in such cases.
“So far there are no serious issues with haj pilgrims upon arrival. Normal cases involve dizziness and nausea.”
Dr Rohisham said medical checks conducted on pilgrims in Malaysia also helped early detection.
Pre-haj courses in Malaysia includes modules on health, where pilgrims are reminded to drink a lot of water and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun as the temperature in the Holy Land can reach as high as 46°C.
For serious cases, the airport also has a clinic where pilgrims can be referred to.
Mohd Rohisham Zainal Abidin