The health experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK a National Hajj/Umrah specific organisation, working for the welfare and wellbeing of pilgrims have issued a warning to Hajj pilgrims from around the world including British pilgrims who are going to perform Hajj pilgrimage this year that the temperature in Makkah during the month of September can reach up to 45°C.They must make every effort to protect themselves from heat strokes which can be fatal if not properly or promptly treated.
One of the contributory factors from last year’s Hajj disaster was the great heat and fatigue. The temperature in Makkah at that time reached up to 46°C. Pilgrims were already dehydrated and fainting before the stampede. Horrific scenes of stampede aftermath caused a huge amount of grief and distress amongst the Muslims around the world. They were all shocked and extremely saddened by this heart breaking human disaster.
Health experts warn that Hajj pilgrims specifically old aged and those who are suffering from chronic diseases are at high risk of heat exhaustion and heat strokes due to over crowding, lack of acclimatisation, strenuous physical activities, traffic jams and dehydration.
Heat exhaustion or heatstroke can develop quickly. Signs of heat exhaustion can include: tiredness, weakness, feeling faint or dizzy, a decrease in blood pressure, a headache, muscle cramps, feeling and being sick, heavy sweating, intense thirst, having a fast pulse, urinating less often and having much darker urine than usual.
Health experts urge pilgrims that they should seek medical assistance straightaway; the delay can develop more severe symptoms of heatstroke, including confusion, disorientation, seizures and a loss of consciousness.
The health experts strongly urge that pilgrims should take every precaution to protect themselves from heat stroke while they are out under the blazing sun. They should cover their head or use an umbrella wherever it is possible. Heat exhaustion and heat strokes can also be avoided by drinking plenty of water, taking a cool shower or bath, sprinkling water over the skin or clothing, or keeping a damp cloth on the back of neck.
“Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be fatal, take this risk seriously”, said the health experts in the joint statement.