2003 News Story

Preparations for Hajj continue

The Health Ministry has readied 13 hospitals and 161 health centers in Makkah and other holy sites for pilgrims.  Dr. Othman Al-Maimani, director of health affairs in Makkah, said more than 10,000 doctors, nurses and paramedical staff would be deployed for Hajj service.  He estimated the total number of hospital beds in Makkah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifa at 3,306, which could be increased to 4,231 in emergency situations.  Meanwhile, the Passports Department has prepared a radio program in Arabic, English, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu, Persian and Turkish to enhance awareness of Saudi regulations among pilgrims.