Pilgrims’ health status reassuring – Saudi spokesperson

MINA – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced that the Haj pilgrims’ health status is reassuring and that there are no COVID-19 cases among the pilgrims so far, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Assistant Minister of Health and spokesperson of the ministry, Dr Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, said this in the daily press briefing for the Hajj season this year in Makkah, with the participation of the security spokesman from the Ministry of Interior, Lt Col Talal Al-Shalhoub.


Dr Al-Abdulaali expressed his thanks and gratitude to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince for the care and attention they provide to serve the pilgrims and facilitate their performance of Haj in a healthy and safe manner.

He pointed out that this year, the ministry completed its readiness to provide health services with the concerted efforts of the health sectors, as it equipped health facilities in the Holy Sites.

The facilities included six hospitals located in the Holy Sites, 51 clinics, 200 ambulances, 62 field teams, as well as a field hospital, a mobile clinic, six highly-equipped ambulances, and three clinics at the pilgrims’ residence.

The ministry has provided a health leader for each group to ensure the health status of pilgrims, provide immediate care and follow them during their entire pilgrimage, he said.

Dr Al-Abdulaali also called upon pilgrims and workers in the Haj to adhere to all preventive measures, including social distancing, wearing masks, and maintaining personal hygiene to ensure the safety of all.