Saudi Arabia treats more than 2,700 cases of heat stress on first day of Eid-Al-Adha

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Saudi Health Ministry urges pilgrims to avoid peak sun hours (11 am to 4 pm) when performing their remaining Hajj rituals.

Saudi Health Minister Fahd Al-Jalajel has urged pilgrims to avoid direct sun exposure and stay away from hot surfaces, stressing that prevention is key.

A health ministry spokesperson quoted by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that 2,764 cases of heat stress were treated on the first day of Eid.

"Pilgrims have undertaken a tremendous journey to perform Hajj," said the ministry spokesperson, "Our role is to support them fully. We believe in prevention before treatment. We urge pilgrims to follow safety guidelines, such as using umbrellas during rituals and staying hydrated."

The spokesperson further reassured the public that the overall health of pilgrims remains positive. No significant public health challenges or disease outbreaks have been reported.

The ministry also reminded pilgrims of symptoms of heat stress and sunstroke, including nausea, headache, excessive sweating, and severe sneezing.

Muscle fatigue from frequent movement and walking long distances is another potential concern. To prevent this, the ministry advises pilgrims to rest after completing each ritual, avoid carrying heavy items, wear comfortable shoes, and drink water before performing rituals.
 

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