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RIYADH, July 11: Saudi Minister of Health Fahd Al-Jalajel said Monday the health plans for this year’s Hajj 1443 AH (2022) were a complete success. Thanks to the great support from King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, this year’s Hajj season was free from any disease outbreaks or public health hazards, he told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). “Based on the keenness of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to maintain the human health and safety, more than 230 health facilities provided primary healthcare and specialized services to pilgrims, through medical points in Al-Mashaer and Al-Haramain trains, the central area of the Grand Mosque, and all holy sites,” Al-Jalajel noted.
The minister attributed a success of the health plans to the integration of efforts by all government sectors and early preparation. The number of pilgrims who received health services amounted to about 130,000, including 10 who underwent open-heart surgeries, 187 cardiac catheterization, and 447 dialysis sessions, he said, adding that the Virtual Health Hospital served more than 2,000 pilgrims.
More than 25,000 health practitioners and 2,000 volunteers took part in the implementation of the health plans, he noted. The Saudi Authority of Red Crescent (SRAC) provided support to emergency cases around the clock, he said, adding that 17 cases required air ambulance to get hospitalized. Regarding coronavirus (Covid-19), the minister said that just 38 cases were confirmed among pilgrims and were treated in accordance with the medical protocols.(KUNA)