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Dr. Bahr: Mass Gathering Medicine Is Crucial for the World to Control Large Agglomerations
23 September 2013
His Excellency the Sudanese Minister of Health, Dr. Bahr Edris Abu-Qerdah, affirmed that the idea of mass gathering medicine has originated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and that it is such a pivotal idea that it needs to be adopted across the world when organizing large populist events. “Mass gathering medicine is an innovative idea put forth by the Kingdom that is worth thorough study by all countries throughout the world,” said Dr. Bahr. “That is why the Sudanese Ministry of Health has shown keen interest in participating in the first and second mass gathering medicine conferences.”
In the press statement he gave within the framework of his participation in the Second Mass Gathering Medicine Conference, currently held in Riyadh, Dr. Bahr was quoted as saying, “The Sudan, like all countries, looks forward to benefiting from this vigorous, substantial conference, to which world experts, as well as international and regional health organizations have been invited by the Saudi Ministry of Health, with the aim of getting enlightened by their visions and opinions meant to promoting precautionary health procedures to be taken during the Hajj season, when as many as three million pilgrims hail from about 180 countries from all the continents of the world.”
Dr. Bahr regarded the Kingdom's successful experience over the past Hajj and Umrah seasons as a unique model of mass gathering medicine to be followed and studied. This model, according to Dr. Bahr, covers all the health, curative and ambulatory aspects that cannot be satisfied except by such a county with momentous human and health capabilities as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese Minister of Health thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as represented by its Ministry of Health, for taking the initiative of organizing this conference, and making every effort to make a success of it, by preparing the appropriate environment for participants. “The conference undoubtedly reflects the momentous development that health services in the Kingdom undergo,” he said.
For her part, the Director of Emergency at the Sudanese Ministry of Health, Dr. Sumaya Edris, stated that the Mass Gathering Medicine International Conference poses a good opportunity to take a closer look at the efforts exerted by the Saudi Ministry of Health during the Hajj and Umrah seasons, deemed to be the world's largest agglomerations. That is to be added to getting familiar with the latest developments in the field of mass gathering medicine. She lauded the initiative of the Saudi Ministry of Health toward organizing this conference, the recommendations of which are awaited throughout the world, and can be taken as a reference in mass gathering medicine.
Over and above, Dr. Sumaya mentioned that the Mass Gathering Medicine International Conference allows all the Arab and Muslim countries to learn about the precautions and procedures to be taken prior to and during the Hajj season, as well as the procedures to be taken when pilgrims return back home to make sure they are free from diseases. She also commended the conference organization, and the scientific discussions taking place on the sidelines of the conference. “It is such an inclusive conference, and a forum for global counseling on mass gathering medicine; due to the participation of experts from most countries of the world,” Dr. Sumany concluded her statement.

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