Food poisoning: 88 Oman
pilgrims hospitalised ... 1 person
killed in Jeddah
From KABIRU YUSUF
Source of Article: http://www.triumphnewspapers.com/food3122008.html
FOLLOWING the consumption of unhygienic food, 88 Omani pilgrims are now
suffering from food poisoning, as they were quickly taken to Al-Ansar and Uhd Hospitals
in Madinah yesterday.
The incidence happened just some few minutes after taking their food from a
local restaurant as a result of which most of the pilgrims spent over five
hours in the two hospitals receiving treatments before they were later
Statistics as released by the federal ministry of health, explained that as
of Sunday, 9,575 pilgrims received treatment at health care centers in the
city, while Red Crescent ambulances transferred 154 the city’s hospitals.
Health minister Hamad Al-Manie
announced yesterday that Saudi authority had made all necessary arrangements
to ensure pilgrims enjoy good health during and even after performing their
He said that health authorities would continue to monitor the activities of
pilgrims, saying, “we will immediately act in case of any suspicion to
protect the pilgrims.”
He further said, the ministry has mobilized 24
hospitals, with a capacity of around 4,000 beds and 133 primary health care
centers and around 10,000 health care personnel to serve the pilgrims in Makkah, Madinah and the holy
sites of Mina and Arafat.
Dr. Ibrahim Kana, the Head of Federal Medical team, explained that even
before arriving at the Holyland, the federal
government had made adequate arrangements to ensure all pilgrims are safe.
He said already 36 medical doctors were on the ground with 16 pharmacies, 69
nurses, while eight environmental health officers are on daily basis paying
visits to all pilgrims houses with a view to
ensuring healthy environment including their meals.