In a study of 141 Pakistani pilgrims admitted to King Abdul Aziz Hospital, Madina Al-Munawara with medical problems during the pilgrimage period of 1992. Mean age of the patients was 61 years.
Main causes of admission were cardiovascular and respiratory diseases [61% and 49% respectively] . Most of the cases suffered from multiple diseases. One of the commonest precipitating factor for hospital admission was abandoning the treatment of chronic disease from which the patient was already suffering. It is suggested that all Pakistani pilgrims should be medically fit and should have a health card indicating the medical fitness status diagnosis and medicines if any, needed to be taken regularly during the pilgrimage
Muhammad Yousuf ,Mujahid Zafar ,Mansoor Maqbool ,
Medical problems of Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia,
Pak. J. Med. Res. 1993;
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