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IRCS provided trainings for the pilgrims before departure for Saudi Arabia. The Society also continues the trainings via distributing brochures containing tips about personal hygiene, diseases, preventions, boosting immunity system, nutrition health, and locations of IRCS Specialized clinics in Mecca and Medina.
“IRCS teams are launching the Society’s main center. IRCS clinics in Medina, medicines are discharging and distributing medicines among IRCS clinics,” said Mohammad Taghi Hollisaz, Head of the IRCS Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Center, during a press conference in Tehran on Sunday, July 7. “Arrangements have been made to start health services with 47 specialized teams in Medina as of July 8.”
In addition to two hospitals in Mecca and Medina, IRCS has four polyclinics in Medina and five polyclinics in Mecca. Furthermore 130 doctor’s offices have been provided in places where pilgrims will be accommodated.
Iranian Red Crescent has also deployed 15 physicians fluent in Arabic in Mecca and Medina hospitals to help the pilgrims to transfer to Iran or receive services in Saudi hospitals.
According to Hollisaz, the electronic treatment case of the pilgrims has been completed. About 20 percent of the pilgrims have hypertension, 15 percent have diabetes and 5 percent have cardiovascular diseases. At present, 31 pilgrims need dialysis, for which arrangements have been made to get dialysis services for these patients. In addition, the Iranian Red Crescent has sent 60 tons of essential medicines, including 400 medication items to Saudi Arabia.
Hajj 2019 will commence on Friday, 9 August 2019 and will continue until Wednesday evening, 14 August 2019. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah. 86,500 pilgrims from Iran will take part in this year’s Hajj.