As many Muslims across Dubai gear up to embark on the annual Haj pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) doctors are calling on pilgrims to get vaccinated and take other health measures, which will ensure that they have a safe and healthy trip.
Doctors shared health tips with pilgrims during DHA’s “Sehatek Live”, which is a weekly online show, that gives the community a chance to share queries directly with the doctors about different health topics live on Twitter and Instagram broadcasts.
Dr Ahmed Saleh, Consultant in Infections and Head of Infection control at Rashid Hospital said, “Since prevention is better than cure, it is important for pilgrims to get vaccinations that will help prevent the spread of diseases while performing Haj.”
“Those going to Haj should also start exercising a month before for an hour a day to prepare themselves for the rituals that require a lot of walking. They should make sure to wear comfortable closed shoes that are a size bigger because feet tend to get swollen in the heat after walking for hours,” said Dr Dawd.
Due to the increasingly soaring temperatures, Dr Dawd also advised pilgrims to wear light cotton fabrics and avoid contact lenses as the heat and dust can cause eye dryness and irritation.