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DHA twitter clinic provides Haj health tips

UAE, August 14, 2014

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) held a live twitter clinic to discuss health aspects to be considered before, during and after the Haj pilgrimage.

The two-hour live DHA clinic known as the “#smart_clinic” on DHA’s twitter account “@DHA_Dubai” addressed questions on health aspects during the Haj pilgrimage, a statement said.

DHA’s panel of experts disseminated several health tips with regard to vaccinations, prevention of heat strokes, ways to avoid food-poisoning and health precautions for a safe Haj, it said.

Pilgrims were advised to take all necessary vaccines 10 days prior to travelling and that special care should be taken for immunocompromised patients and the elderly.

Dr Ayesha Altheeb, specialist registrar at the Al Mankhool Traveler’s Clinic, said it was important for Haj pilgrims to protect themselves from heat exhaustion and sun strokes. “Avoid Tawaf, Sa’i, Arafat and Mina during high temperatures or ensure that you are well protected against the sunrays and are well hydrated,” she said.

She also highlighted the signs and symptoms of heat stroke, reiterating that pilgrims should keep themselves hydrated and should rest after the Haj, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service




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