Hajj

Saudi Arabia Sets Medical Regulations For Pilgrims

The Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued health regulatory guidelines for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and other travellers into the Kingdom for the 1440 Hajj season.

A statement by head, Public Affairs, National Hajj Commission (NAHCON), Fatima Usara Sanda made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said various advisory guidelines were also issued including the preference for vaccination against seasonal influenza.

Usara said such vaccination should be administered 10 days before arriving in Saudi Arabia.

She said with respect to the commonly experienced infection of upper respiratory system, health authorities in Saudi Arabia warned travellers against contact with animals especially camels, avoiding direct contact with symptomatic persons and shunning untreated milk as well as half cooked meat.

She said the health authorities also encourage observation of general hygiene especially constant washing of the hands before and after food and after toilet usage.

“Observing crowd and sneezing etiquettes are highly recommended too,” she said.

Consequently, to eliminate chances of spreading water and food-borne diseases, she said transportation of food items into the Kingdom is prohibited except for canned foods in small quantities for personal consumption.

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