Governor of Taif Reviews Hajj Preparations at the Governorate Health Cluster

Taif, Governor of Taif Prince Saud bin Nahar bin Saud bin Abdulaziz received today a report on the work of the Taif Health Cluster in serving pilgrims.

The report, presented by Taif Health Cluster CEO Talal Al-Malki, presented the amount and quality …

Taif, Governor of Taif Prince Saud bin Nahar bin Saud bin Abdulaziz received today a report on the work of the Taif Health Cluster in serving pilgrims. The report, presented by Taif Health Cluster CEO Talal Al-Malki, presented the amount and quality of the various health, preventive and awareness services provided to more than 14,000 pilgrims who arrived at the holy sites through the airport and Miqat mosques in Al-Sail Al-Kabir and Wadi Muharram. The governor was also briefed on the Ministry of Health Volunteer Project Sawaed (Hands-on), in which 400 health volunteers work to serve pilgrims. The cluster plan involves bolstering the health services at the holy sites with more than 30 ambulance teams, having more than 1,500 hospital beds and more than 100 intensive care beds ready, and assigning more than 600 health practitioners to work at health facilities at the holy sites, with more than 1,000 health practitioners at the ready for any emergency during the Hajj season. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Iranian Pilgrim Receives Treatment in Madinah for Stomach Ailment

Madinah, A medical team at King Salman Medical City in Madinah treated a woman pilgrim in her seventies who suffered from severe stomach bleeding.

The 70-year-old Iranian pilgrim underwent an endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that allowed med…

Madinah, A medical team at King Salman Medical City in Madinah treated a woman pilgrim in her seventies who suffered from severe stomach bleeding. The 70-year-old Iranian pilgrim underwent an endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure that allowed medical professionals to identify the source of the bleeding. The examination revealed varicose veins in her stomach and esophagus, caused by high pressure in a major abdominal vein called the portal vein. The medical team utilized a specialized device to ligate the varicose veins, and applied medical glue to reinforce the closure, controlling the bleeding. Source: Saudi Press Agency

Clinics, Mobile Medical Units Provide Services to 6,780 Pilgrims in Madinah

Madinah, Medical teams operating in clinics and mobile medical units across various locations in the Madinah Region provided services to 6,780 pilgrims during Dhu Al-Qidah, as part of the comprehensive health services for pilgrims.

The Madinah Healt…

Madinah, Medical teams operating in clinics and mobile medical units across various locations in the Madinah Region provided services to 6,780 pilgrims during Dhu Al-Qidah, as part of the comprehensive health services for pilgrims.

The Madinah Health Cluster said that the health teams at the mobile medical units on Hijrah Road provided medical services to 1,430 pilgrims. Meanwhile, 1,592 individuals benefited from the services of the medical unit stationed in the Pilgrims City, in Khaybar, 2,087 people received services from the mobile clinic next to Quba Mosque, and 1,671 benefited from the mobile medical services near the Sayyid Al-Shuhada Mosque.

According to the cluster, the mobile medical clinics will continue to provide services until the end of Dhu Al-Hijjah.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Al-Noor Specialist Hospital in Makkah Gears Up for Hajj, Dedicates Center to Heat-Induced Illnesses

Makkah: Al-Noor Specialist Hospital, a member of the Makkah Health Cluster, is ready to offer comprehensive health services to pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

The hospital is well-equipped to provide medical, preventive, and diagnostic care…

Makkah: Al-Noor Specialist Hospital, a member of the Makkah Health Cluster, is ready to offer comprehensive health services to pilgrims during this year's Hajj season.

The hospital is well-equipped to provide medical, preventive, and diagnostic care to pilgrims.

One of the key services provided by the hospital is treatment of heat-related illnesses, including cases of heat exhaustion. To address these anticipated cases, the hospital has established a specialized center dedicated to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The center is equipped with water spray nozzles, spray fans, and refrigerators for storing fluids and ice, and operates under the supervision of the emergency department.

The center, the first of its kind at Makkah hospitals, is staffed by qualified national healthcare professionals who are well-versed in treating heat-related conditions. They are available 24/7 to care for patients suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Makkah Hospitals Offer Pilgrims Remote Heart Patient Monitoring

Makkah: King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) in Makkah has renewed its collaboration with the Seha Virtual Hospital for the second year to provide pilgrims with a remote heart patient monitoring system.

This innovative project leverages smartwatches to…

Makkah: King Abdullah Medical City (KAMC) in Makkah has renewed its collaboration with the Seha Virtual Hospital for the second year to provide pilgrims with a remote heart patient monitoring system.

This innovative project leverages smartwatches to track vital signs and key physiological parameters of pilgrims with heart conditions. The devices transmit data in real time to a dedicated team of specialists at KAMC and the Seha Virtual Hospital, ensuring continuous monitoring throughout Hajj.

A key benefit of the smartwatches is their discreet design, which allows pilgrims to interact naturally with others while ensuring that their health is monitored. This feature significantly enhances their psychological comfort and overall Hajj experience.

This year, the program targets 100 pilgrims with heart disease; 20 pilgrims benefited from the service so far.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

KFSHandRC Study Shows 74.6% Reduction in Heat Stroke Cases during Hajj Season due to Preventive Measures

Riyadh: A recent study by the Research and Innovation Centre at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHandRC) has shown the effectiveness of preventive measures taken to protect pilgrims from health risks associated with high tempera…

Riyadh: A recent study by the Research and Innovation Centre at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHandRC) has shown the effectiveness of preventive measures taken to protect pilgrims from health risks associated with high temperatures during Hajj, according to a press release from KFSHandRC. Despite an average temperature increase of 0.4 degrees Celsius per decade in Makkah, the study found a 74.6% decrease in the number of heat stroke cases, and a 47.6% decrease in mortality rates. These positive outcomes can be attributed to the implementation of preventive measures, which create a safe and healthy environment for pilgrims. The study, published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, examines four decades of meteorological data and records of heat-related illnesses during the Hajj season in Makkah, highlighting the relationship between rising temperatures and the associated health risks. According to the study, Saudi Arabia has implemented several measures at individual, structural, and community levels to mitigate heat-related health risks for pilgrims during Hajj. These measures include using water mist sprays to cool the air in open spaces and reduce heat for the crowds, providing water and umbrellas to pilgrims, and ensuring the availability of air-conditioned transport, including metro lines operational since 2010, which offer comfortable transportation for pilgrims. Moreover, the Kingdom has focused on increasing awareness among pilgrims and healthcare providers about heat-related illnesses, ensuring access to free healthcare services during Hajj, and improving the surveillance and management of cases. This includes implementing heat-related disease management guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, which outline specific procedures before and after hospital admission. The release added that these measures enable quick identification and treatment of heat-related cases during Hajj for a better outcome. Additionally, environmental engineering strategies and building design have been integrated to enhance natural ventilation, decrease heat retention at the holy sites, increase shaded areas, and reduce overcrowding. The results of the study extend beyond the local context and can be generalized to the global population. The Hajj serves as "a unique microcosm" for studying heat-related risks, as it is attended by millions of pilgrims from over 180 countries who perform rituals in a high-temperature desert environment. This aspect holds "immense scientific value" for planning and improving responses to rising global temperatures, according to the release. KFSHandRC has been ranked first in the Middle East and Africa and 20th globally, in the list of the world's top 250 Academic Medical Centers for the second consecutive year, and recognized as the most valuable healthcare brand in the Kingdom and the Middle East, according to the 2024 Brand Finance rankings. Additionally in the same year, it was ranked among the world's best 250 hospitals by Newsweek magazine," the release read. Source: Saudi Press Agency