Omani medical team ready to serve pilgrims

Oman Saturday 24/June/2023 19:42 PM
By: Times News Service
Omani medical team ready to serve pilgrims

Makkah Al-Mukarramah: The medical team of the Omani Hajj delegation is prepared to provide round the clock health services to pilgrims coming from the Sultanate of Oman.

The team will keep track of the health conditions of the pilgrims and ensure all facilities are provided to them.

In a statement to Oman News Agency, Dr. Ali bin Abdullah Al Balushi, deputy head of the medical delegation at the Omani Hajj mission, said: “The medical delegation, upon its arrival in the Holy Land, had set up the medical clinic at the mission’s headquarters in Makkah Al-Mukarramah to receive visitors and provide necessary services.”

He added that the delegation, during the past few days, completed all the arrangements and installed equipment at the clinics in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and in Mina and Arafah, in coordination with the competent medical authorities.

The clinics include an emergency unit, treatment facilities for men and women in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and other holy sites, and medicines for Omani pilgrims, he added.

He explained that the delegation includes a number of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and an infection control team, as well as a number of administrators to provide appropriate treatment and follow up on cases that need medicare.

He pointed out that the mission’s medical clinic has developed a plan to deal with emergency cases and chronic disease patients, pointing out that coordination has been established with the concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia to transfer critical cases to hospitals if the need arises, and to follow up cases on a daily basis through field visits to hospitals and through electronic platforms.

He stressed the need for pilgrims coming from the Sultanate of Oman to follow the preventive measures by taking antiviral and other vaccinations before arriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to wearing masks and avoiding crowds in anticipation of transmitting any infection.

In his statement, Abdullah bin Khalaf Al Toubi, a pharmacist in the mission’s medical delegation, said: “The mission’s pharmacists are prepared to provide all medical services to Omani pilgrims by reviewing the lists of medicines and working to transfer them to the Holy Land in cooperation with the Ministry of Health in the Sultanate of Oman.”

He added: “The pharmacy in the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Clinic at the mission’s headquarters is equipped to receive visitors, indicating that the pharmacy has all the medicines that pilgrims coming from the Sultanate of Oman may need during their Hajj rituals.”

Iman Al-Balushi, a nurse in the medical delegation of the mission, said: “The nursing team of the delegation performs the initial examination of patients and provides support to doctors in following up on disease cases and providing assistance to patients.”

She added: “The nursing team provides emergency medical services in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to patients and provides first aid to those who visit the medical clinic at the mission headquarters. Regarding the delegation’s role in infection control, Humaid bin Suhail Al Amri, infection prevention and control specialist in the mission’s medical delegation, said: “The infection control team in the delegation supervises the mission’s headquarters and the pilgrims’ campaigns with regard to housing cleanliness, cooking places and food preservation, in addition to educating pilgrims about prevention of infectious diseases that may be caused by food poisoning, respiratory diseases."

And he indicated that the medical delegation supervises isolation cases of all kinds, daily investigation of cases of infectious diseases, supervises clinics on a daily basis, and ensures the implementation of prevention and infection control policies, in addition to communicating with Hajj companies with the team in emergency cases to take the necessary measures.

For her part, Fatima bint Salim Al Musharafi, who supervises the Shifa system in the medical delegation of the mission, explained: “The Shifa programme through which we enter the patient’s civil number in the system to collect his personal data, and then the visit is activated so that the doctor can follow up on his file in the Sultanate of Oman to diagnose the case.”

She  added: “The readiness of the devices in which the healing system is activated and verified daily, and the network used in the connection process is verified. The data of the auditors is also verified to provide the best medical services to the pilgrims of the Holy Land.”