Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) announced the details of the medical team to accompany the Qatari Hajj Mission for 1436 AH. It is an annual project conducted by QRC for 10 years now, through the Hajj Medical Committee, which comprises medical experts from QRC, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), under the supervision of the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs.

Saleh bin Ali Al-Mohannadi, QRC Secretary-General, said:

Every year, the Hajj Medical Committee forms a whole medical team with medicines, medical equipment, and ambulance vehicles to take care of Qatar’s pilgrims. The team vaccinates the pilgrims against communicable diseases, monitors their health conditions to intervene in emergencies, and educates them about the healthy ways to spend the pilgrimage season safely.’

Dr Khaled Abdelhadi, Chairman of QRC’s Hajj Medical Committee and Head of the medical unit accompanying the Qatari Hajj Mission, said:

The mission comprises 30 doctors and medics, mostly Qatari. A small hospital is established with all specialties in different places of pilgrimage. A private hospital was contracted to receive the cases that may require surgery. From the beginning of Ramadan the pilgrims were vaccinated, and the strategies and plans for the mission were developed.’

Dr Abdelhadi advised the pilgrims to tell the doctors if they have a chronic disease and have their prescribed medications with them.

According to Al-Mohannadi, QRC will send volunteers to help the Saudi Red Crescent Authority organize the millions of pilgrims and deal with any emergencies, under the umbrella of the Secretariat-General of the Cooperation Council for Arab States of the Gulf, as a way to unify GCC humanitarian and volunteering action.

Over the past three years, the Hajj Medical Mission received 8,967 cases in Mecca, Mina, Arafat, and Muzdalifah. This figure reflects the great effort exerted by the doctors to provide the best health care service for Qatar’s pilgrims.

The remaining medications and medical equipment are usually given to the Palestinian Hajj Mission to help offer health care to the Palestinian pilgrims.