On the ninth of the Zul Hijjah month, pilgrims will arrive at the plains of the Mount Arafat on Thursday, as the Saudi Health Ministry will make special arrangements for the “downsized” Hajj amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general has called upon pilgrims to adhere to social-distancing measures to preserve everyone’s health. Dr Yousef Al Othaimeen urged pilgrims to follow the health procedures applied by the competent authorities in Saudi Arabia to protect themselves and their families and all pilgrims. He also urged them to take advantage of the health and regulatory services provided by the Saudi Arabian government.
General clinics at Arafat have been installed which will have doctors, consultants and intensive care nurses to help pilgrims. The health provisions will also deal with any pilgrim suffering from a heat stroke or stress.
A camp has been prepared by the government in Arafat to isolate any COVID-19 patient among the pilgrims for medical treatment. On the other hand, the Saudi Civil Defence forces will be ready to provide security to the pilgrims as they make their way to the holy place.
“All parties involved are carrying out their tasks to handle any risks according to the general plan for the Haj pilgrimage,” said The commander of the Civil Defense for Hajj, Maj. Gen. Hamoud Al Faraj.