Over 32 thousands hajj pilgrims detected for health problems

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – A total of 32,715 Indonesias would-be hajj pilgrims have received early detection for health problems in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Health affairs chief of Indonesian hajj Organizing Committee in Saudi Arabia, Dr Etik Retno Wiyati, made the remarks in her press statement received here on Saturday.

According to her, the health education for the hajj pilgrims was, among others, held at the airport, the courtyards of the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Haram Mosque in Mecca, hospitals in Saudi Arabia, and the hajj lodgings in Medina and Mecca.

As many as 76 people are suffering from primary hypertension as the main diseases, she stated.

Until Aug 11, 2017, 15 of the Indonesias would-be hajj pilgrims had passed away, Dr Etik remarked.

The total of the Indonesian hajj pilgrim quota this year has reached 221 thousand people, comprising 204 thousand of regular hajj trip and 17 thousand of the special trip.

This quota is much higher compared to 168,800 last year, or 31 percent hike, after the Saudi government realized Indonesian demand to raise the total number.

The first batch of the hajj departure is conducted from July 28 to Aug 11, 2017, and the second batch is from Aug 12 to 26.

Source: Antara News