Infectious_DiseaseHealth experts from the Association of British Hujjaj (PILGRIMS) UK, a national Hajj/Umrah specific organisation, have warned millions of prospective Umrah pilgrims from around the world including British pilgrims who are expected to travel to Saudi Arabia at the start of new Umrah season, that they must safeguard their health against deadly and lethal infectious diseases during their pilgrimage.

The pilgrims have always been at high risk of contracting infectious diseases due to their close proximity with millions of people from around the world during the pilgrimage, especially at ceremonies, accommodation sites and public transports.  The infectious diseases can be transmitted through direct person-to-person contact via droplets of basal or throat secretions of infected individuals. Close and prolonged contact with infected individuals (e.g. sneezing and coughing on someone) facilitates the spread of infection. Elderly, people suffering from chronic diseases, i.e. lungs, heart, kidney, lever, diabetes etc., children, pregnant women, and those with immunity deficiency are specifically at higher risk of catching infectious diseases.

Health experts also want that a large number of pilgrims are still travelling without appropriate protection against infectious diseases. They strongly urge the relevant countries to take the health and safety issues seriously. They must disseminate vital life-saving information amongst their prospective pilgrims to make them aware of the preventive measures they should take against life-threatening infectious diseases.

“This will also ensure the elimination of the risk of the outbreak of deadly infectious diseases upon the return of the pilgrims to their country of origin.”, Said the health experts in the joint statement.