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Last minute Health warning issued to Hajj Pilgrims


Published by Ozgur Tore

MONDAY, 01 OCTOBER 2012 14:11

British and millions of other Hajj Pilgrims from around the world are being issued a last minute warning by the health experts of Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK to safeguard their health against the risk of communicable diseases.

These communicable diseases spread due to over crowding at ceremonies, accommodation sites and public transport during Hajj pilgrimage.

The communicable diseases such as Meningitis and Hepatitis can be transmitted through direct person-to-person contact with droplets of nasal or throat secretions of infected individuals. Close and prolonged contact (e.g. sneezing and coughing on someone or sharing an affected person’s used utensil) facilitates the spread of infection.

The health experts specifically reminded the Pilgrims with Diabetes about the high risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) due to the extremely excessive physical activities being undertaken amongst a large crowded environment. They need to protect themselves from the sun, dehydration; exhaustion, foot problems, respiratory and bronchial illness and they should wear special socks to avoid feet injuries and frictions. Hajj Pilgrims on medication should take an adequate supply of medicines with them, accompanied by their doctor’s note describing the medicine and their medical history.

Some barbers around the Holy places pose a risk of spreading diseases, such as Hepatitis and other blood borne pathogens by using the same razors repeatedly. The health experts warned that Pilgrims must ensure the barbers use disposable razors to shave.

The Health experts from Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK said in their joint statement that “protect yourself and your family; don’t ruin your journey with illnesses. Make the most out of this life time experience”.

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