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Passion Islam I July 2008 ORLD NEWSW I 17
Saudi issues health
warnings to pilgrims
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of pilgrims. and trouble free Haj. disease.
Health has issued strict spokesman of the health The committee decided to Children under the age of
directives to prospective Haj ministry said that a circular purchase 20 fully equipped 15 from African countries, as
and Umrah pilgrims from all has been dispatched to all ambulances for use in the holy well as from Yemen, Nepal,
over the world to fulfil all the the Saudi missions from the cities, as well as to increase India and Pakistan shall be
necessary health requirements Foreign Ministry saying that the number of employees at vaccinated against polio
before entering the Kingdom. visas would only be issued medical warehouses in the before their departure for the
In a press statement issued once vaccination certificates holy cities. Vaccination against Kingdom, the spokesman
last month, the ministry, are presented against meningitis is compulsory said quoting the circular. The
ordered its overseas diplomatic diseases such as meningitis, for pilgrims coming from all ministry especially noted that
missions to inform the health yellow fever and polio that countries. The vaccination, Saudi Arabia was successful
ministries in their respective are endemic in respective which is valid for three years, in eradicating polio and
countries to strictly adhere to countries. “Pilgrims are also should be taken ten days received a certificate from the
the health requirements. “The advised that only canned before the pilgrim’s departure concerned UN agency that
ministry stressed the need foods will be allowed entry into to the holy cities of Makkah it is free from the disease.
to take all the precautionary the Kingdom,” the spokesman and Madinah. According to the The ministry also urged the
measures by the pilgrims to said. The ministry’s statement circular, pilgrims coming from pilgrims to take injections
ensure the Haj and Umrah comes following a meeting countries affected by yellow against seasonal influenza,
season is free from all types of the Haj Preparations fever, such as Nigeria, Kenya, an illness that can easily turn
of infectious diseases,” the Committee under the Congo, Bolivia, Ecuador and fatal for pilgrims who suffer
statement said while adding ministry last month as part Colombia should bring a from chronic illnesses such
the Kingdom’s keenness to of early preparations by the medical certificate showing as diabetes and cardiac, renal
exert all possible efforts to government departments and that they received vaccination and wheezing problems.
ensure the sound health of agencies to ensure a smooth against the contagious
Muslim Foreign Ministers’ hold Conference in Kampala
The 35th Session of the Council terrorism, the head of the national task
of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the force has said.
Organization of the Islamic Conference “The OIC’s position on terrorism is
(OIC) is set to begin at the Speke clear: It does not condone the killing of
Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, capital civilians,” Ambassador James Mugume
of Uganda,Several issues, including said. Discussions will unfold in light of the
Islamophobia, Palestine and Iraq as well implementation of the Ten-Year Program
as the development of Muslim countries of Action adopted at the Extraordinary
in the African continent will figure on Summit held in Makkah in 2005, which
top of the agenda of the conference. seeks to push the volume of trade
The ways and means to boost trade exchange between OIC Member States
exchange and joint investments among up to 20 percent by the year 2015. The
member states will also be figured highly Kampala Session stands out as the
in the three-day event. first meeting held in the wake of the
The foreign ministers from 57 Muslim ratification of the OIC amended Charter
countries will also discuss conflicts in by the Islamic Summit convened last
member countries, and international March in Dakar, capital of Senegal.
Far-right politician votes for Masjid
A far-right Sweden Democrat politician colleague Richard Jomshop said that the money to build one.
surprised his colleagues in the southern the vote must have been some sort of
Swedish town of Karlskrona by voting in misunderstanding.
favour of allowing Muslims to convert a “A minaret is a strong political symbol
former recreation hall into a Masjid. for Islam and it stands in sharp contrast to
Despite his party’s opposition to our Christian values,” he told BLT.
Muslims in Sweden, the politician joined The Islamic group, which has been active
his colleagues on the town’s environment in Karlskrona since 1991, is elated.
and buildings committee and supported “We are really happy,” said Imam
the measure, reports the Blekinge Läns Abboud Sleiman.
Tidningen (BLT) newspaper. But there are no plans now for the
The paper wasn’t able to reach the minaret feared by the Sweden Democrats,
politician for comment, but his local party as the Islamic association currently lacks
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