TEHRAN, November 5 (IRCS) _ Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) offered treatment and relief services to one million Iranian and non-Iranian pilgrims of Arbaeen Pilgrimage this year.
The Arbaeen Campaign of IRCS lasted 21 days (October 13-November 2), up by 6 days compared to last year because of the promotion of services.
Arbaeen pilgrimage is a shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura.
On Monday, November 5, during a joint press conference in IRCS Headquarters, head of the IRCS Hajj and Pilgrimage Medical Centre Dr. Seyyed Ali Marashi and head of the IRCS Relief and Rescue Organization Morteza Salimi outlined IRCS’s treatment and relief services in Arbaeen ceremony.
“246 pilgrims were hospitalized and 153 people were transported to Iran by ambulances and ambulance bus,” said Marashi. “Unfortunately, 57 pilgrims died including 27 people who were killed in road accidents. Except 2 pilgrims who were buried in Karbala and Najaf, the others were transferred to Iran.”
At 40 active bases in Karbala, Najaf, Samarra, Kadhimiya, Hillah, Najaf-Karbala route, IRCS offered treatment and relief services to one million Iranian and non-Iranian pilgrims. Services to pilgrims in Najaf and Karbala will continue until November 8, end of Safar, the second month of the Islamic calendar.
14 trailers containing IRCS medicines were transferred to Iraq to provide medical needs of the pilgrims during Arbaeen ceremony. IRCS dispatched 2,200 forces, including physicians, specialists, nurses, medicine technicians, laboratory technicians, relief workers, rescuers, etc. to Iraq to offer services to Arbaeen pilgrims.
“Over 120,000 people received IRCS services in relief bases along Najaf-Karbala route for Arbaeen walkers. Of these, more than 29,000 received outpatient treatment services, 16,000 received medical services, and more than 74,000 were provided with emergency accommodation,” noted Salimi.
“At the request of the Ilam provincial Red Crescent branch and regarding to heavy traffic of the pilgrims at Mehran border, Arbaeen Campaign lasted 2 days more in the province,” he added.
In Arbaeen Campaign inside Iran, 477 road relief bases were working, of which 87 fixed, makeshift and mobile relief bases offered services to pilgrims in western province of Ilam and southwestern province of Khuzestan enroute to Iraq; 80 road relief bases in the arteries of borderlines with Iraq remained standby to provide services to the pilgrims.
IRCS took advantage of 12,936 man/day in Arbaeen Campaign (including 9,471 man/day domestically and 3,465 man/day in Iraq).
118 ambulances (88 in Iran, 30 in Iraq), 20 motor ambulances, 42 rescue and operational vehicles, 4 radio communication vehicles, and 4 relief helicopters were also used.
The total number of pilgrims who attended border bases of the IRCS Relief and Rescue Organization was 120, 046. Of these, 245 were transferred to medical centers, 29,416 received outpatient services, and 16,313 received medical services such as test of blood glucose level and blood pressure.
Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization also announced relief services to the pilgrims who were affected by rainstorm and flood, and said: “IRCS provided emergency sheltering in border regions, 4 were transferred to medical centers and 565 were transported in safe places. Also, 13,280 blankets, 5,360 canned foods and 45,000 filtered masks were distributed among affected pilgrims.”