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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Medical teams to care for UAE pilgrims deployed to Saudi Arabia

Large quantities of medicines will be also distributed to Hajj tour operators free of charge

Six inspection teams review the operations of Hajj tour operators to assess the health conditions of pilgrims. Wam
Six inspection teams review the operations of Hajj tour operators to assess the health conditions of pilgrims. Wam

Six medical teams have been deployed to Saudi Arabia by the UAE Hajj mission to provide healthcare services to UAE pilgrims.

Dr Abdullah bin Hamaad, Internal Medicine Consultant at the Mission, said two field teams have been dedicated to serving women pilgrims in the two holy cities of Mecca and Medinah, with each team including a doctor, nurse, ambulance and pharmacy.

''There are also clinics in Mecca, Medinah, Arafa and Mina to serve pilgrims, as well as four fully-equipped ambulances, three in Mecca and one in Medinah,'' he said.

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Dr bin Hamaad said medicines - including those for treating chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, as well as burns and fractures — will be distributed to Hajj tour operators free of charge.

''The medical teams will include diverse and experienced consultants from the Ministry of Health, as well as health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, who are capable of dealing with emergency cases,'' he said.

Six inspection teams will review the operations of Hajj tour operators, to assess the health conditions of pilgrims.