Ministry readies health teams at two Saudi airports

Ministry readies health teams at two Saudi airports

An airport health team helps a prospective Hajj pilgrim experiencing health trouble at Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday (May 24, 2023). (ANTARA/HO-Kemenkes/FR)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Health Ministry has prepared health teams at two Saudi Arabian airports to handle any health emergencies encountered by prospective Indonesian Hajj pilgrims, the ministry's Hajj Health Center head, Liliek Marhaendro Susilo, has said.

"We have prepared airport health teams (TKBs) at two airports, namely Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz International Airport, in Medina, and King Abdul Azis International Airport, in Jeddah," he said in a press statement issued on Thursday.

This year, the ministry has appointed 16 persons comprising doctors, nurses, sanitarians, and health-supporting workers to the teams. The doctors on standby comprise general practitioners, emergency specialists, and aviation medicine specialists.

The teams’ duties will include early diagnosis of arriving Hajj pilgrims using the quick diagnostic visual technique to identify prospective high-risk pilgrims.

"Through the quick diagnostic visual, we can detect Hajj pilgrims who have the risk of health deterioration, thus these teams can prevent medical emergencies that could lead to fatal results," he explained.

Moreover, the teams will help with the evacuation of pilgrims experiencing health issues at the airport. They will also identify prospective Hajj pilgrims who require a referral.

"My expectation is that this health team can prevent medical emergencies that may occur toward pilgrims that have just arrived in Saudi Arabia," he said.

During the peak of Hajj, namely the Arofah, Muzdalifah, and Mina phases, the health teams will be the authorities responsible for health services at Arofah Health Post.

They will also visit Hajj pilgrims undergoing treatment at Saudi Arabian hospitals in Jeddah and Arofah.  


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