Intending Haj pilgrims are advised to look after their health, stay hydrated, have a balanced diet and encouraged to wear face masks.
This was highlighted at a health briefing for pilgrims at Religious Teachers University College of Seri Begawan (KUPU SB) yesterday.
The briefing also touched on the process and procedures on services offered to the pilgrims while at the holy land.
The briefing also reminded the pilgrims on the policy and regulations of the Saudi government. In addition, they were also briefed on common diseases and health issues while at the holy land.
The briefing was delivered by medical specialist at the Ministry of Health Dr Hajah Norwani binti Haji Basir, senior medical officers Pengiran Dr Sirajul Adli bin Pengiran Jamaluddin and Dr Hajah Izzatul binti Pehin Dato Haji Abdullah.
They said the warm climate, with temperatures hovering around 45 degrees Celsius, is among the top concerns. Another concern is overcrowding and congestion but the Saudi government has reduced the number of pilgrims from three million to one million making it less crowded. They are advised to rest often and stay hydrated by drinking at least two to three litres of water daily. They are also urged to use umbrellas, sunglasses, hats and portable fans.