Pakistani Hajj pilgrims will receive free medical care from the Pakistani Hajj mission, according to confirmation from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. The city of Medina has established a health facility with a staff of qualified doctors, nurses, and medical personnel that is open twenty-four hours a day. The facility has a small operating room as well as the necessary medical supplies.
The medical facility provides both emergency care and ward accommodations for patients. For the benefit of pilgrims in need, the facility also has a laboratory, X-ray machine, pharmacy, and dentistry services, according to Dr. Waleed, a member of the Pakistani Hajj medical mission. The retention facility and dispensary offer patients free medications.
The Ministry guarantees that the staff at the medical facility is trained to deal with a variety of medical issues, including common illnesses, injuries, and other health issues that may arise during the pilgrimage. Two healthcare facilities where pilgrims can receive medical attention have been opened, according to the Ministry, in Mecca and Medina. A dedicated helpline (800 1166622) has also been established to offer pilgrimage-related information.
In the Holy Kingdom, pilgrims from Pakistan and other nations are currently arriving as the Hajj operation is in progress. The cost of performing the Hajj has been set by the Pakistani government at Rs1.175 million per pilgrim, which is a 68% increase from the prior year. Due to the high rates of inflation, this increase in price has discouraged many Muslims from performing the ritual.
Notable is the fact that Saudi Arabia is now welcoming 2.3 million pilgrims for the first time since the pandemic travel restrictions were lifted. Only fully immunized or immunized individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 who were free of chronic diseases were permitted to travel to the kingdom during the 2022 Hajj season.