Pil­grims urged to bring suf­fi­cient med­i­ca­tion

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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

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