Tabung Haji has been proactively preparing pilgrims to cope with extreme heat

24 Jun 2024 03:38pm

SHAH ALAM - Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) has been proactive in preparing pilgrims to cope with the extreme heat in Mecca, where temperatures could soar to 51.8°C (125°F).

A spokesperson from TH said they have provided comprehensive guidelines and regular advice on managing heat-related illnesses such as advising pilgrims to stay hydrated, seek shaded areas and when possible, avoid direct sunlight or stay indoors to cool down.

"Alhamdulillah, due to these precautions and preparations, our pilgrims have maintained good health and successfully completed their haj journey.

"This is a testament to the resilience and preparedness of our pilgrims. The government of Saudi Arabia have also been proactive to address the weather conditions," the spokesperson said when contacted.

TH emphasised that hot weather was a common challenge during every haj season and it was well-known to all participating countries, including Malaysia.

It said extra air conditioning has been installed in the Mina camps and government agencies have repeatedly advised pilgrims to avoid going outside between 1pm and 3pm, to use umbrellas often and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

TH highlighted that the government has set up numerous water stations, misting poles and cooling areas along the pilgrimage routes.

These initiatives have greatly aided in addressing the challenges posed by high temperatures.

"We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Saudi government for their dedication and considerable effort in managing this year's haj under challenging conditions.

"It is through collaborative and proactive measures that we can continue to safeguard the health and well-being of all pilgrims," it said.

TH said they remain steadfast in supporting pilgrims and ensuring their safety throughout their pilgrimage.

Last week, it was reported that six more Malaysian pilgrims died in the Holy Land, bringing the total number of deaths so far to 14.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar said all the pilgrims who passed away had performed the wukuf worship and most of them succumbed to heart disease, pneumonia and blood infection.