Check-up advice for sick pilgrims in Oman

Oman Sunday 18/September/2016 22:06 PM
By: Times News Service
Check-up advice for sick pilgrims in Oman

Muscat: Returning pilgrims have been urged to get checked at a health clinic if they fall ill.
The advice has been given by the Ministry of Health through social media.
The ministry tweeted, in a bid to spread awareness among the public that precautionary measures must be taken if pilgrims returning from the annual Haj experience health issues.
The Department of Health Education and Awareness Programmes at the Ministry of Health (MoH) tweeted preventive measures to be taken when returning home from the Haj.
The ministry advised returning pilgrims to visit health clinics if they experience severe respiratory inflammations, which are associated with shortness of breath, or a fever and coughing during the two weeks after they return.
“Try and avoid direct contact with others and head to the nearest health establishment to be medically tested and treated,” warned the tweet sent by the Department of Health Education and Awareness programmes.
“If the same symptoms appear on someone the transmitter came into contact with, that person must visit the nearest health clinic,” they added.
Additional advice suggests that people must rest and take precautions when eating or drinking.
After returning from Haj, pilgrims should always wash their hands with soap or use a steriliser, the ministry advised.
“You should cover your mouth and nose with a napkin while you cough or sneeze, and avoid hugging and kissing when greeting people,” advised the Ministry of Health, as returning pilgrims need to maintain personal hygiene to reduce the risk of transmitting diseases.