Health warning for Umrah pilgrims

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City charity urges British Muslims

BRITISH Muslims preparing to fly out to Saudi Arabia to perform the Umrah pilgrimage are being urged to take preventative measures against health risks.

Birmingham-based charity, The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK, estimate that over 100,000 British Muslims will fly to Saudi Arabia in the coming days.

They have urged pilgrims to make sure they take measures to protect themselves against infectious diseases like Meningitis and Hepatitis.

“Health risks are preventable and pilgrims should take the required vaccinations prior to leaving for the trip,” a spokesperson for the charity said. “Pilgrims are also warned that there are additional risks to their health because of the weather in Saudi Arabia which will be much hotter than they are used to in the UK.”

The charity also urged pilgrims on medication to take adequate supplies with them as well as a doctor’s note describing the medicine and their medical history.

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