The Hajj Health and Safety Awareness Campaign is being launched at a prestigious event in the House of Lords next week by the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK (ABH), a national organisation working for the welfare and well-being of Hajj pilgrims. This campaign is to ensure that over 25,000 British pilgrims, who are travelling to perform Hajj this year, are equipped with life-saving health and safety information and precautionary measures to help and protect them from any hardship or difficulty they may experience.
The Hajj pilgrims have always been vulnerable to tragic incidents and high risk of contracting infectious diseases, due to crowd conditions at ceremonies, accommodation sites and public transports. Last year’s Hajj disasters caused a huge amount of grief and distress amongst the British Muslims and they were all shocked and extremely saddened by this heartbreaking tragedy.
One of the major contributory factors which emerged out of this heart breaking human disaster was the ignorance and lack of awareness of health and safety precautions amongst pilgrims. They did not have understanding of the precautionary measures that could have been taken to avoid the catastrophe.
ABH UK strongly supports the advisory issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that urges the relevant countries to take the issues of health and safety awareness amongst their pilgrims seriously. The countries from around the world must disseminate vital life-saving information amongst the prospective pilgrims to educate them about the preventive measures to help and protect them from becoming causalities in any future Hajj tragedy. 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.