JEDDAH: field hospitals, medical personnel and clinics are set up and ready in the holy places in view of the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Health’s Hajj plan to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims participating in this year’s annual pilgrimage includes a hospital in Mina, six ambulances, three clinics at pilgrim accommodation, a field hospital and a mobile hospital and a clinic in Arafat.
Medical and technical staff are also preparing to ensure the safety of visitors during their pilgrimage, intensifying preparations to deal with heat-related ailments such as heat stroke. Misting systems are distributed in all holy places and have been shown to reduce temperatures, reducing the chances of pilgrims suffering from heat stroke.
Pilgrims arriving at hotels in Mecca received a special kit provided by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. It contained a face mask, Hajj ihram clothing, a prayer rug, ritual stones and hygiene items such as shaving tools, personal care tools and a pilgrimage guide.
According to Major General Mohammed bin Wasl Al-Ahmadi, deputy commander of the Hajj security forces for the Grand Mosque and its security premises, Hajj’s security plan is based on four pillars: organization, security, humanitarianism and health care. .
Hajj security forces put in place a mechanism for entry and exit to and from the Grand Mosque during the pilgrimage, he said. A passage for pilgrims extended from the mosque’s southern and western sites, as well as special passages around the circumference and areas of the Saee.
Meanwhile, over three million polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the UK to detect infected residents.
The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that 57,216 PCR tests had been conducted in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of tests conducted in the Kingdom to 3,056,956.
A total of 1,968 confirmed cases were conducted on Sunday, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom to 266,941. There are currently 43,885 active cases, of which 2,120 in intensive care units. No new patients were reportedly hospitalized in the ICU in the past 24 hours.
Al-Hofuf registered the highest number with 208 confirmed cases, followed by Taif with 195 and Riyadh with 126.
A total of 2,541 new recoveries were reported, bringing the number of recoveries in Saudi Arabia to 220,323 and the Kingdom recovery rate to 82.5 percent.
Thirty new deaths were recorded, bringing the death toll to 2,733.