Via Saudi Gazette: More than 1,000 sick pilgrims in Makkah hospitals. The full report and then a comment:
More than 1,000 pilgrims are still confined to a number of hospitals in Makkah for treatment of various ailments, Health Ministry’s spokesman Faisal Al-Zahrani said.
He said the patients include some pilgrims who were injured in the crane crash in the Grand Mosque on Sept. 11 and others who sustained injuries during the Mina stampede.
Zahrani said a total of 352 pilgrims who were injured during the stampede were transported to specialist hospitals outside the holy sites.
Giving a breakdown of the number of the pilgrims who were treated during Haj, the spokesman said the health centers and outpatient clinics in hospitals received 386,072 cases.
He said as many as 405,542 pilgrims visited emergency wards, 1,115 were admitted for various diseases, 607 had sunstrokes, 885 suffered from heat exhaustion and five deliveries were made.
Zahrani said 22 open-heart surgeries were conducted in addition to 668 catheter operations, 2,213 kidney dialysis sessions and 31 various endoscopic operations.
Around 10 pilgrims who were injured during the stampede were discharged from King Abdullah Medical Complex in Jeddah after receiving treatment.
Saeed Hamad Al-Ghamdi, executive director, said the complex received 46 injured pilgrims, of whom 24 were admitted to the intensive care unit.
Ghamdi said the hospital also provided the sick pilgrims with new clothes and other accessories and provided their relatives with rooms to be near them.
Meanwhile, 99 pilgrims who died during the stampede were buried in Al-Moaissem cemetery on Monday after funeral prayers were held for them in the Grand Mosque.
Given the number of MERS cases that seem to have resulted from poorly sterilized dialysis machines, the thought of over 2,000 dialysis sessions on Hajj patients feels a bit creepy...even if King Abdullah Medical Center was designated a special center for MERS patients in the big resurgence of cases in the spring of 2014, and presumably has sustained very good infection control.