MECCA (Bernama): Six Malaysian pilgrims who are being treated at a Saudi Arabian hospital here are in a critical condition, says Fuziah Salleh.
The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said they were suffering from critical illnesses such as heart problems, an infection of the lungs and tuberculosis and were in a coma.
However, she asked that family members of the pilgrims to not worry because the Saudi Arabian hospital is providing the best treatment for them, adding that they are in good hands.
"They had a history of sicknesses, apart from facing the challenging surroundings here.
"The Saudi Arabian hospital is giving them the best treatment possible but it is up to the family members whether they want to bring them home or not, ” she told reporters after visiting the Pilgrims’ Fund Board (TH) Syisyah Treatment Centre here Monday (Aug 12).
Fuziah said nine Malaysian pilgrims had died during this year’s pilgrimage, with the latest death being that of a female pilgrim on Sunday (Aug 11) night.
She said that 65-year-old Faridah Abdul Latip from Kuala Rompin, Pahang died of a heart attack after completing the stoning ritual at 7.05pm local time (12.05am Malaysian time).
"She died on her way back to the tent, suffering a heart attack in the Muassim tunnel and was pronounced dead, ” Fuziah said.
The haj season this year saw 30, 200 Malaysians performing the pilgrimage aided by 640 Tabung Haji personnel.
Fuziah also said that the 79 pilgrims who were being treated at the TH Syisyah Treatment Centre have been taken to Arafah to perform the wukuf ritual (converging at the Arafat plains) under the Safari Wukuf programme.
Under the programme, patients who are conscious were transported to Arafat at wukuf time using ambulances and special buses to enable them to perform the haj ritual.
She added that the medical team for this haj season consists of 23 medical specialists, 38 medical officers and 226 medical personnel. - Bernama
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