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Published On: Sun, Oct 5th, 2014

Hajj: Saudi Health Ministry warns pilgrims against sunstroke

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From Mohammad Ibrahim, Makkah.

Following a hot weather in Makkah, Saudi Arabian authority yesterday issued a statement warning pilgrims against the dangers of being exposed to sun especially during midday and in a crowd.

According to them, such situation can lead to heartstroke.

This was disclosed in a statenent made available by the countrie’s Ministry of Haj to Saudi press agency.

“We warned pilgrims against the dangers of being exposed to sun especially during midday and in a crowd, saying that it could lead to heatstroke. We urged pilgrims to use umbrellas and masks as part of precautionary measures,”, the statement reads.

According to the forecast of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment, Makkah recorded temperatures of 37 degree Celsius, while Arafat registered 34 and Mina and Muzdalifah 33.

The sky was cloudy inMina and Muzdalifah, and partially cloudy in Makkah on Thursday.

The ministry called on the pilgrims to have full awareness about the address or contact number of their service providing firm and location of tents. The Ministry of Health has mobilized a total of 22,800 staffers and 182 ambulances to serve the pilgrims in Mina.

Meanwhile, most pilgrims including Nigerian pilgrims complained about the sun in Makkah city, as most of them find it difficult to go to mosque to pray. Most of them complained that the weather was too hot which made them to always move around with bottle of water.

Peoples Daily also observed that majority of the pilgrims on their way to mosque do hide under shade while praying. A Niger state pilgrim, Muhammad Abdullahi Dukku said the sun was too hot for him but since he was in the kingdom for a religious duty he will endure.

Another pilgrim from Niger added that “we are not finding the weather friendly, because we are not used to this kind of sun in Nigeria. Anyway, we still give thanks to Allah for keeping us alive,” he said.


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