Two more Malaysian haj pilgrims die in Makkah

MAKKAH – On Monday and Tuesday two more Malaysian haj-pilgrims died in the Holy Land, bringing to four the total number of deaths.

The head of the Malaysian haj delegation, Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman, said that the third death was a male pilgrim from Alor Setar in Kedah. Ghazali Ahmed, 71, died due to kidney failure and an abdominal blood vessel blockage.

“The fourth person who died is Normadiah mat Ali, 53 from Jertih in Terengganu. He died of organ failure after a lung infection,” he announced during a press conference held at the Lembaga Tabung Haji’s headquarters on Friday (7th June).

Both deceased were treated for several days in the Tabung Haji Medical Centre, Makkah, before being transferred to an Saudi hospital where they died while receiving treatment.

Both pilgrims’ funeral prayers were conducted at Masjidil Haram, before their burial at Syuhada Al-Haram Cemetery & Syaraiee Cemetery.

Syed Saleh expressed his condolences as well to the families and prayed that their acts of worship would be rewarded.

Tabung Haji will manage and cover their costs for Badal Haj (substitute Pilgrimage) through the Malaysian Haj Pilgrims Welfare Fund.

As of Thursday, June 6, 52 Malaysian haj-pilgrims are being treated for different ailments. 43 are being treated at the TH medical centre in Makkah, and nine others at local hospitals.

He said that the patients were admitted for respiratory problems such as lung infection, and other conditions like heart problems and emotional disturbances requiring mental health attention. They also had joint and muscle pain.

All patients were reported to be stable and receiving appropriate medical care.

Syed Saleh advised that pilgrims should take good care of themselves in the eight days before Wukuf Day, to avoid heat stroke and other health problems.

As we know, the temperatures in Makkah, and Madinah, have risen since the start of (haj) operations, with a maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius at Makkah.

He said: “This marks the beginning of summer in Saudi Arabia. The temperatures will continue increasing for the next few months, especially in Masyair where they are expected to reach 50 degrees Celsius.”

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