ISLAMABAD: Nearly half a million pilgrims made use of medical facilities that were available in Makkah and Madinah during Haj this year.
Nineteen open heart surgeries were performed, Mansour Al-Hawasi, Deputy Health Minister for Health Affairs said.
Al-Hawasi was addressing health officials here during an Eid party hosted by the Ministry of Health to thank health officials who were affiliated with the Haj program in both cities, Arab News reported.
Some 22,000 health officials were deployed in the holy cities this year, as well as at 14 ports of entry.
Offering his congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, for their unwavering cooperation in making the health program a success, the Deputy Minister said health officials did their part to offer the very best of services to pilgrims.
He also expressed gratitude to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its assistance in the prevention of infectious diseases.
Shoura Council member Abdul Rahman Al-Sweilem was present during thefunction.
Al-Hawasi said some 472,000 pilgrims availed themselves of the medical facilities at the holy sites and at the ports of entry.
He said that 329,000 pilgrims had visited medical centers in the holy sites and 111,000 had sought outpatient treatment at these clinics.
“A total of 28,000 pilgrims have sought emergency treatment, while 3,700 were admitted to various hospitals in Makkah and Madinah,” he added.
Al-Hawasi pointed out that 19,000 units of blood were used to treat patients at the holy sites so far.
Some 19,000 pilgrims were given on-the-spot medical treatment at various points throughout the holy city.
According to statistics provided by the deputy minister, 988 pilgrims received dialysis treatment, while 330 underwent catheterization and 55 were given endoscopic treatment.
A comprehensive Haj health program was implemented under the leadership of the acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih this year in cooperation with the WHO.
The Health Ministry took preventive measures to combat the spread of the Ebola and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) with the help of local and international medical experts, including officials from the WHO.