Health Ministry has said 52 patients out of a total of 79 meningitis
cases which were detected during the Hajj season of 1421AH, have
recovered from the disease. An official source at the Health Ministry
disclosed this in a statement here Tuesday evening while commenting on
a report circulated by Reuters on appearance of meningitis cases among
the pilgrims who had returned to Britain from the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia after the Hajj season.
The official source pointed out that the particular microbe, which
causes meningitis only surfaced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during
the Hajj seasons of 1420AH and 1421AH.
The official source said the information obtained from the World
Health Organization (WHO) and published on the Internet network has
reiterated that the disease in all its forms is endemic in the various
parts of the world, and even occurs in European countries.
The cases of the disease were reported at the end of 1999 and the
beginning of 2000, or prior to the Hajj season, the source added.
“Despite the gathering of more than two million pilgrims from the
various parts of the world in one place, by the grace of God and due
to the intensive efforts of the state, the pilgrims find every
possible care. In addition, they are provided with the necessary
preventive measures and good medical services,” the source said.
“Moreover, the Health Ministry has made it compulsory for anyone
in the Kingdom or abroad, who wish to perform Hajj, to take the
quadric vaccination for meningitis,” the source added.