Addressing a press conference in Tehran on 18 May, Head of the IRCS Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Center Dr, Mohammad Taghi Hollisaz said that during this year’s hajj pilgrimage, the Iranian Red Crescent would enjoy 131 clinics set up in Saudi Arabia hotels as well as 87 treatment centres, three polyclinics in Medina and four polyclinics in Mecca.

There is a physician for every 300 pilgrims, that is a physician per two caravans. In total, Iranian Red Crescent will dispatch 550 people, including physicians, paramedics, nurses, etc.

Examination of 95 per cent of the pilgrims has been completed by the IRCS Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Center and their health has been confirmed

Pilgrims will be sent to Saudi hospitals if surgery and services like dialysis are needed.

 According to Hollisaz, examination of 95 per cent of the pilgrims has been completed by the IRCS Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Center and their health has been confirmed prior to their dispatching to Saudi Arabia.

He also noted that, given the experiences of the previous years, the Iranian Red Crescent had provided medicines for pulmonary, cardiac, heat dissipation, skeletal and muscular diseases.

Referring to prohibition of taking some medicines in Hajj, Head of the IRCS Hajj Pilgrimage Medical Center stressed: “According to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Saudi government, the exclusion of any drugs from Iran and also the entry of any narcotic drugs and opioids to Saudi Arabia is prohibited.

All pilgrims should inject meningitis vaccine and it is necessary the pilgrims visit the nearest Red Crescent branch for vaccination.

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.