Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued a public warning for pilgrims to take necessary precautions to prevent the possibility of health hazards in the country upon returning from the Hajj Pilgrimage.
While HPA had cautioned pilgrims to take immediate action if sick, cases of diarrhea had become prevalent in various parts of the country since July. HPA stated diarrhea is caused by a lack of general hygiene.
In a tweet, HPA stated that proper handwashing with soap and water is the most important step that can be taken against diarrhea as the virus is spread when infected people touch food or surfaces with their hands without proper handwashing. As such, they said handwashing with soap after using the toilet, changing nappies, and before preparing food or feeding can prevent the spread of the virus.
HPA advised the public to drink more fluids and to rest well if one is down with fever and warned not to take any medicine other than paracetamol without a doctor prescription. They also stated that any tissues or handkerchiefs used when coughing or sneezing must be properly disposed of in order to side with caution.
HPA said pilgrims suffering from cough, breathing difficulties or fever 14 days within returning to the country must immediately seek medical attention and inform of their travel to Saudi Arabia. They also advised to consult a doctor in case of any symptoms indicating an illness.