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From Vaccines To Masks, Kuwait Announces Mandatory Health Requirements For Hajj And Umrah Pilgrims

 The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health (MoH) has endorsed the requirements for individuals embarking on Hajj to Saudi Arabia.

With the 2024 Hajj season fast approaching, travellers for Hajj and Umrah must adhere to health protocols outlined by both Saudi and Kuwait health authorities.

Additionally, the pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumococcal 13 Valent) is required for those not previously vaccinated.

Pilgrims must adhere to preventive guidelines issued by Saudi health authorities during the Hajj to minimize health risks. These include maintaining hygiene, wearing masks in crowded areas, and using sanitizers.

A comprehensive medical examination is required for each pilgrim, which will be recorded on a health certificate issued by preventive health centers in Kuwait. This certificate must include detailed vaccination records and be stamped by authorized health officials.

Food handlers in Hajj caravans must undergo medical and laboratory exams to ensure they are free from infectious diseases.

Workers, including food handlers in Hajj caravans, must receive additional vaccinations such as the typhoid vaccine and tetanus shots according to specified intervals.

Health certificates are to be filled out carefully and any amendments must be officially re-certified by a doctor. Pilgrims’ health data is also recorded electronically for consistency and ease of access.

Individuals with conditions that severely limit physical capabilities are advised to postpone their pilgrimage. The same recommendation applies to children under five due to the risk of acute respiratory diseases.

Preventive centers are tasked with submitting weekly updates to the Infectious Diseases Control Department, which include statistics on vaccinated individuals and stock levels of vaccines.

Finally, pilgrims and their families are advised to follow health instructions to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, including wearing masks, practicing good hygiene, and seeking medical attention if experiencing symptoms of respiratory illnesses.


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