The Association of British Hujjaj (pilgrims) UK, a Hajj Specific National organisation in the United Kingdom expresses its deepest sorrow and sadness at the death of four pilgrims after contracting swine flu during Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
“We would like to send our condolence and deepest sympathies to the families, friends and relatives of the deceased pilgrims” said Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Patron of the Association.
He continued, “The British Muslim community is also anxious and concerned about the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones who have left for Saudi Arabia without getting swine flu vaccination because it was not available to them at the time of their departure and now they are in close proximity with millions of pilgrims from all over the world while performing Hajj pilgrimage”.
The Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK has made every effort to raise awareness amongst British Hajj pilgrims about the risk of Swine flu and the precautionary measures necessary to avoid contracting the disease by carrying out high profile publicity campaign via electronic media, press, seminars and educational training programmes and distributing informative literature.
“In the recent past, due to Meningitis outbreak amongst returnee British Hajj pilgrims 21 tragically lost their lives despite the most intensive hospital treatment. Now there is a serious threat of the Swine flu spread in the UK by putting family, friends and the community at risk upon their return after Hajj. Therefore, the Association of British Hujjaj (Pilgrims) UK strongly urges the Department of Health and regional health authorities to take appropriate steps to avert the grave risk of the spread of Swine flu.”, said Dr Syed Raza Hussain, General Practitioner.
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