Committee invites applications for Haj 2011, removes ban on children
The Haj Committee of India March 14 declared to begin receiving
applications for the Haj 2011 from March 16. It also decided to
remove the ban it had imposed in 2009 on carrying children for Haj. "We are beginning to receive
applications for the Haj 2011 from March 16 2011",
Health experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK,
a National organisation working for the welfare and wellbeing of
British Hajj & Umrah pilgrims have issued a warning to those
planning for the Umrah trip to take extra care to protect themselves
and their families against infectious diseases like Meningitis and
In the new Umrah season over 100,000 British Umrah pilgrims and
millions of others from around the world are converging in the Holy
city of Makkah. In such crowded environment the pilgrims are at
extra risk of contracting infectious diseases, says a press
statement released by Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (A.B.H).
The statement further adds that the communicable diseases can be transmitted through direct
person-to-person contact with droplets of nasal or throat secretions
of infected individuals. Close and prolonged contact (e.g. sneezing
and coughing on someone) facilitates the spread of infection.
most common symptoms specifically for meningitis are stiff neck,
high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting.
It is vital that all travellers get 'quadrivalent meningococcal'
vaccine (ACWY) before leaving for Saudi Arabia. A valid certificate
of meningitis vaccine from your doctor is compulsory to obtain visa
from the Saudi Embassy", it says.
The health experts specifically reminded the people with diabetes
about the high risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) due to the
extremely excessive physical activities being undertaken amongst a
large crowded environment.
"Therefore it is crucial that diabetic
people must visit their doctor for a pre-travel consultation and
medical examination to make sure that their diabetes is well
controlled", the ABH press release says.
"They need to protect themselves from
the sun, dehydration, exhaustion, foot problems, respiratory and
bronchial illness. Travellers on medication should take an adequate
supply with them, accompanied by their doctor’s note describing the
medicine and their medical history", it says.