1.7 million pilgrims arrives mecca


According to Statistics released by the
Directorate General of Passports contained in
Saudi Gazette Newspaper, out of the number,
1.602 million pilgrims came by air, 87,685 by
land and 14,835 by sea.
The number of pilgrims who have arrived the
Kingdom for the 1438AH Hajj exercise had an
increase of 367,095 compared to the number in
the same period in 1437AH,or about 32 per cent.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
correspondent in Mecca reports that no fewer
than, 91,000 Nigerian pilgrims are already in
Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj.
Meanwhile, more than 51,000 personnel
belonging to 22 governmental bodies are
currently serving pilgrims round the clock in
Mecca, Medina and the Holy sites.
According to the General Statistics Authority, the
services cover governorates and municipal
activities.
They include control and inspiration, electricity
and water, as well as religious, media and
illumination, in addition to other support services.
These support services don’t include health,
transport, communication and information
technology services.
In a related development, the General Security
Aviation Command had conducted a number of
aerial inspectionon the movement of pilgrims
between Medina and Mecca.
Aerial monitoring was intensified between the
two Holy cities.
One of the main tasks of the aerial view is to
provide logistics support to the ground team.
Meanwhile, over 16,000 units of blood and blood
products are being collected for the treatment of
pilgrims who are sick.
According to the Saudi Ministry of Health, the
units of blood are free from infectious diseases.
Nine hospital in Mecca, four in Arafat and four in
Mina, have been equipped with state-of-the-art
equipment, as well as with highly skilled
technicians and experts in the fields of
laboratories, as well as blood banks.
Seventeen regions and governorates, as well as
27 partners from the public, private and military
sectors were used to collect the 16,000 units of
blood.
In the same vein, two cars and five teams have
been deployed to facilitate the blood donation
process.
This is in addition to ambulances, equipped with
blood transfusion equipment which can respond
to emergency cases.

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