Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of the Hajj Health Center of the Health Ministry, Liliek Marhaendro Susilo, advised all Indonesian pilgrims to rest at their accommodations after the Armuzna procession on 13 Dzulhijjah 1444 H, or July 1, 2023.

"We urge Hajj pilgrims, who have finished performing the Armuzna procession, to rest in hotels for one to two days to recharge," he said here on Monday.

Armuzna is part of the Hajj pilgrimage worship that starts in Arafat, Muzdalifah, and ends in Mina.

He said the end of the Armuzna procession marked the completion of the Arafat Health Post operation.

The Arafat Health Post has served 163 sick Hajj pilgrims, out of which 18 were referred to hospitals in Saudi Arabia.

The three most common diseases were pneumonia with 21 cases; heatstroke, 18 cases; and dementia, 11 cases.

The Arafat Health Post reported that 12 Hajj participants had died, four of whom breathed their last at hospitals, seven died at the post, and one passed away in a tent.

The most common cause of death at the Arafat Health Post was heart attack.

Meanwhile, some 51 health workers were deployed at the Muzdalifah Health Post, where it had treated 163 Hajj pilgrims, 10 of whom were referred to hospitals.

Some 115 health workers were readied at the Mina Health Post, where 429 Hajj participants had been treated, with 295 of them referred to hospitals mostly for heatstroke.

As many as 58 Indonesian pilgrims died in the Mina Health Post's operation, including 23 passing away in hospitals, four at the post, 19 in tents, and two during their journey.

Furthermore, the satellite health post operated by the Emergency Medical Team (EMT) had detected 277 sick pilgrims and responded to 79 emergency cases, with heatstroke constituting the highest number of cases.

Susilo said that the Hajj health implementation in Armuzna had run smoothly, with several obstacles being overcome.

"We will evaluate this year's implementation, so that it can be a lesson for improving the quality of Hajj health implementation next year," he stated.

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Translator: Andi F, Kenzu
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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