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 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

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 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

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 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.

Saudi Press Agency

Indonesian Pilgrim Undergoes Brain Surgery in Madinah

Madinah: A medical team at King Salman bin Abdulaziz Medical City in Madinah successfully removed a tumor in the brain of an Indonesian pilgrim in her sixties.

The patient arrived at the emergency room after experiencing a fainting episode accompanied by persistent headaches and vomiting. A prompt MRI scan revealed a large mass at the back of her skull.

According to the team, there were no complications after the surgery. The pilgrim was referred to a rehabilitation program, and she will be able to resume her Hajj soon.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

SRCA Medical Evacuation Teams Ready to Serve Pilgrims

Jeddah: The 96 members of the medical evacuation teams of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) are ready to serve pilgrims.

The ground and air teams are the first to intervene to provide emergency services to pilgrims.

SRCA Spokesperson for the Hajj season Dr. Youssef Al-Sofayan stressed that the authority has deployed coordinators from among its staff to collaborate with concerned authorities to facilitate the tasks of emergency teams from other sectors, ensure quick access to emergency cases, and coordinate patient transfers. This helps save time and effort in transporting potential cases to the nearest specialized health facilities.

Al-Sofayan said that the authority makes use of technology for the highest response time, and the teams operated in three shifts, round the clock.

He pointed out that volunteers who speak different languages have been assigned to handle calls via 997 and e-applications, providing pre-arrival instructions, according to the approved protocol.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

24/7 Medical Care: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program Prioritizes Pilgrim Health

Makkah: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, overseeing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, prioritizes the well-being of pilgrims throughout their journey. To ensure their health, the program provides integrated medical clinics equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic and diagnostic emergency equipment, as well as a full stock of preventive and therapeutic medications.

These clinics operate 24/7, offering easy access for pilgrims residing nearby. Doctors at the clinics examine pilgrims, provide necessary and urgent care, dispense appropriate medications, and monitor chronic health conditions like diabetes and blood pressure. Additionally, healthcare professionals raise awareness of health issues relevant to Hajj, promoting healthy practices for a safe and fulfilling pilgrimage.

Ambulances are readily available to transport critical cases to hospitals, ensuring a smooth transition to further medical care provided by the Ministry of Health.

The comprehensive heal
thcare services these clinics offer have been met with positive feedback from pilgrims participating in the program. Guests have expressed their appreciation for the support they receive, allowing them to focus on their spiritual duties and perform their Hajj rituals with greater ease and peace of mind.

Source: Saudi Press Agency