MoH helps 32 sick pilgrims to complete journey of a lifetime

German pilgrim Saleem Salman in his hospital bed in Arafat.

German pilgrim Saleem Salman in his hospital bed in Arafat.

The Ministry of Health arranged to have 32 sick pilgrims of different nationalities who were hospitalized in Madinah to be brought to Arafat on Wednesday in a especially equipped ambulance fleet to enable them to perform Haj.

Speaking to the press, Mohammad Noor, a 55-year-old Bangladeshi national, said: “I came to the Kingdom with the intention to perform Haj but suddenly I had a severe pain in my chest which a medical examination revealed to be a heart problem for which I needed an urgent heart operation.”

He added that consequently, he underwent a successful operation and was now stable enough to perform Haj under careful medical supervision.

“I will spend the whole Arafat day praying to Allah to bless Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and the workers at MoH who made it possible for me to perform Haj,” he said.

Saleem Salman, a 63-year-old from Germany, said that he began suffering from internal bleeding on his arrival to the Kingdom. He was also operated on and the bleeding stopped after a successful surgery performed in Madinah.

He commended the efforts of the Ministry of Health saying that these efforts are an outcome of the directives of the king to provide the best health care to pilgrims.

Adeeb Al-Hajar, 73, from Lebanon said that he had begun suffering from chest pain after his arrival to the Kingdom and was feeling very sad at the possibility of missing Haj after coming so close to performing it.

“But the treatment provided to me by the Saudi health authorities has revived me and given me the hope that I will be able to perform this journey of a lifetime,” he said, adding, “And here I am with the fleet on my way to Arafat for Haj.”

Bakri Mohammed, 60, from Sudan said that he had contracted a lung infection that resulted in his hospitalization. As there was marked progress in his condition, he was declared fit enough to perform Haj.

The pilgrims who were admitted to a hospital in Arafat on arrival, prayed to God Almighty to bless King Abdullah for his generosity and humanitarian gesture and also thanked the MoH for the efforts to transfer them from Madinah to Arafat.


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