Riyadh takes health pre­cau­tions for Hajj

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SAUDI Ara­bia ex­pects to re­ceive around 2 mil­lion pil­grims for this Hajj sea­son, in­clud­ing 1.7 mil­lion for­eign­ers, Al Hayat lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported yes­ter­day.

Last year more than 1.8 mil­lion per­formed Hajj and most of them were for­eign­ers.

The Min­istry of Hajj will as­sign more than 95 000 em­ploy­ees, in ad­di­tion to vol­un­teers, to han­dle Hajj-re­lated tasks.

The Saudi health min­istry an­nounced that all pil­grims at­tend­ing the Hajj pil­grim­age so far are free from epi­demic and quar­an­tine dis­eases.

The min­istry said they are tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive poli­cies as a pri­or­ity, and co-or­di­nat­ing with the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and other in­ter­na­tional au­thor­i­ties to en­sure there are no epi­demic out­breaks.

The min­istry also an­nounced es­tab­lish­ment of Hajj-re­lated med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices at a cost of $3.3 mil­lion (R44.4m).

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