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MOH Develops a New Mechanism for Epidemiological Surveillance
16 September 2014
In line with the commitment of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to providing a safe and healthy experience for pilgrims and residents during the Hajj season, a new mechanism was developed for epidemiological surveillance in the Kingdom. Through this mechanism, health screening cards will be distributed to all Hajj and Umrah performers as part of an integrated package of procedures and policies, which include approving a host of preventive means. It is noteworthy that all those visiting the Kingdom to perform Hajj rituals have filled in these cards, which include questions on the pilgrim’s infection with any infectious disease, symptoms of haemorrhagic fever or any other infectious inflammation.
The mechanism came into force as of the start of this year’s Hajj season, i.e. 5/11/1435H, and will run till 5/12/1435H so as to be one of the effective measures adopted by the ministry to protect pilgrims against diseases and infectious virus, Allah willing.
The other procedures implemented by the ministry to protect the health of citizens and pilgrims include:
  • Banning travel to countries affected by the Ebola virus.
  • Designating three specialized centers for containment and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Launching awareness and education programs focused on infection control for the public and healthcare workers.
  • Dedicating emergency response infrastructure, including the MOH’s Command and Control Center in Jeddah and multiple mobile laboratories in Makkah and Medinah.
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