Chronic Diseases and Hajj:
1. Health tips for heart and hypertension patients:
- To see the doctor to make sure of the ability of performing the hajj and to give you the proper health tips.
- To make a point of always holding your medicines, storing them in a proper way and in a proper, easily reachable place.
- To adhere to take medicines at a regular basis and on time, especially during performing the rites that require physical efforts such as Tawaf( circumambulation), Sa’i between Safa and Marwah (walking between Safa and Marwah), and Jamart-stoning.
- If you were of those conducive to sustain Angina pains, you should consult the doctor holding your Nitroglycerine tablets, taken below the tongue, with making a point of bringing such tablets wherever you go.
- Not to expose for any excessive physical effort and use the wheel chair during the Tawaf (circumambulation) and Sa’i (walking) when feeling exhaustion according to the Islamic legitimate license.
- Not to expose to the excessive reactions and nervousness, and remember that latitude is one of the pilgrim’s feature.
- To head to the nearest health centers if the chest pain worsened to conduct the necessary medical care.
2. Health Tips for Diabetics:
- To be interested in putting a bracelet around the wrist or holding an identification card indicating that the or she is a diabetic patient and the prescribed medicine in order to provide the necessary help when needed.
- To make a point of bringing glucose meter to determine the glucose rate daily and regularly, especially when feeling the level of glucose has impaired; and to hold a detailed medical report on your health condition
- To make a point of informing the nearest of you in the residence place and the doctor of the convoy that you are suffering from the diabetes.
- To make a point of taking an enough amount of the diabetic medicines and following a diet in line with the diabetes educator’s tips.
- To make sure of keeping the insulin cool during its moving and storing through putting it in the proper ice pack (thermos) or in the refrigerator in your residence place.
- To make a point of holding glucagon injection (after the doctor’s recommendation) to be used in case it happened not to be able to have food or to lose consciousness by your family members or any of those along in the convoy.
- To make a point of, during the Hajj, wearing a snug pair of socks to protect your feet from any ulcers, and avoiding walking barefoot.
- It is recommended not to start Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka’ba) or Sa’i (walking between Safa and Marwa) if you did not take the medicine and have enough food, in order to prevent reducing the glucose level of the body.
- To make a point of drinking a proper amount of water and repeatedly.
- To temporarily stop performing the rites if you began to feel the symptoms of the glucose level reduction such as shaking, giddiness along with fatigue and exhaustion, sudden feeling of hunger, excessive sweating or blurring.
- To use your own electrical shaving machine rather than the razor to avoid wounds and inflammation as much as possible.
- To keep on having the main and light meals during the travelling and Hajj to avoid experiencing a severe reduction in the glucose level.
- To make a point of bringing some disinfectants to treat skin inflammations when occurring.
- If complications: such as the inflammations, skin ulcers occurred, you should consult the diabetes doctor.
- To head to the nearest health center or hospital when needed.
Stop temporarily performing the rites if you felt the glucose reduction symptoms such as severe fatigue, sudden hunger, blurring, or excessive sweating; and see if you could go on performing the rites or not.
What is the treatment of the hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)?
- If you were conscious (mild degree), you could do the following:
- Having a cup of sugary juice such as: orange, apple, and mixed fruits,
- As much as two spoons of raisin,
- As much as two spoons of honey,
- As much as two spoons of sugar stirred in a cup of water, or
- From 2 to 5 glucose tablets ( you can buy them from the pharmacy)
- However, if you failed to respond meaning that you about to lose your consciousness, then you would need a glucagon injection. And in the event that you lost consciousness, any member of your family or those along in your
Residence place or around you must do the following:
- Hastening to administer the glucagon injection if it were available in the place where the incident occurred.
- If it were not available or the patient did not come around within 15 to 20 minutes after the glucagon injection, the patient must be transferred to the nearest health center or hospital as quickly as possible.
You must hold a card along containing the instructions to do when you lose consciousness due to the low blood sugar, and make sure that your family members can do that.
During the Hajj, the asthma patient usually encounters an increase in asthma symptoms and dyspnea; and this is due to several reasons of which:
- Existing in crowded places fraught with dust and polluted with smoke emitting from vehicle exhausts pipes.
- Excessive strain and continuous movement.
- Pneumonia which could increase because of the crowd.
- A sudden change in temperatures.
Health tips for asthma patients:
- To see the respiratory diseases doctor to make sure of the stabilization of your condition and your ability to travel.
- To adhere to taking medicines regularly whether they are tablets or inhalers
- To take a great deal of rest repeatedly and avoid overcrowded places in order to prevent any asthma attack.
- To wear face-mask when needed, especially in the places gathering and crowdedness.
- To head to the nearest health center or hospital if you encountered a severe asthma attack.
4. Health Tips for Kidney Patients (patients with renal failure, impaired kidney function, and kidney stones):
- To see urologist to make sure of your being able to perform the Hajj and give you the proper health tips.
- To make a point of holding the prescribed medicines and store them in a proper, easily reachable place.
- To adhere to taking the medicines regularly and on time.
- To have fluids and salts according to what is determined by the urologist previously.
- To see the convoy’s doctor or the nearest health center when any disturbances occur to the body such as Gastroenteritis and urinary tract infections.
- To avoid exposure to the scorching sunlight for long periods to prevent losing the body’s fluids and salts.
- Not to have meat to excess in order not to affect the kidney function.
To head to the nearest health center or hospital when needed.
Epileptic patients vary; there are those whose illness can be controlled through medicines and this type can perform the Hajj, God willing; and the other type are those patients who are recently injured with the disease, or those whose illness cannot be controlled. It is recommended for the patients of the second type to postpone their Hajj till their condition stabilizes.Health tips for the epileptic patients:
- To inform the convoy’s doctor with your illness to perform his or her duty when necessary.
- To make a point of bringing an enough amount of the medicines.
- To avoid excessive strain and reactions.
- To make a point of always bringing any of the relatives or friends along while performing the rites in anticipation of any emergency.
- To head to the nearest health center or hospital when needed.
Source: Ministry of Hajj