Millions of pilgrims are preparing for the life-time journey of hajj.
In order to avoid diseases and infections during hajj, pilgrims are supposed to abide by a variety of health tips and guidelines.
Below are some of the tips as provided by the Saudi Ministry of Health for pilgrims before embarking on their journey:
Take necessary vaccines, especially people with chronic diseases and the elderly.
Bring a sufficient amount of medicines, especially for diseases requiring taking drugs on a regular basis, such as heart and hypertension patients, kidney patients, asthma, diabetics, and respiratory patients.
Bring a sufficient quantity of clothes, in order to change into fresh clothes regularly. Loose, light colored clothes are also recommended.
Hold a detailed medical report on any pre-existing illnesses, and about any prescribed medication, which helps follow up medical condition whenever necessary.
Maintain your personal hygiene equipment, such as a towel, shaving tools, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, creams, and moisturizing ointments in ample quantities, and an umbrella is also recommended when necessary.
Keep a supply of necessary disinfectants, antipyretics, and painkillers.
Bring a glucose meter for diabetics.
While sitting for a long time on the plane or bus, it is advisable to walk or stand for a short while every one or two hours, and regularly moving one’s feet while sitting, which helps preventing swollen feet.
Have a medical checkup before coming to make sure of your ability to perform Hajj.
Muslims from around the world pour to Makkah every year to perform Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.
Hajj consists of several ceremonies, which are meant to symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith, and to commemorate the trials of Prophet Abraham and his family.
Every able-bodied adult Muslim who can financially afford the trip must perform Hajj at least once in a lifetime.
Hajj 2019 will commence on Friday, 9th of August 2019 and will continue till Wednesday, 14th of August 2019; in the evening time.
A total number of 200,000 Indian Muslims are set to perform Hajj this year, setting a record for the Muslim community in the Indian peninsula.