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Dialysis for Umrah Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Jawazat & MOIDialysis for Umrah Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia

Hajj and Umrah are among the most significant gatherings in the Muslim World. Hajj in Islam is compulsory for all able-bodied and affording individuals.

Although Umrah may not be mandatory, all Muslims worldwide dream of performing Hajj or Umrah at least once in their lifetime.

However, not everyone is healthy enough to perform these rituals without a hitch. Every year, millions of sick Muslims with various health conditions also visit the holy sites of Makkah and Medina to fulfil the obligation of Hajj or Umrah. 

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes its pilgrims’ well-being and health seriously. It provides all possible health facilities for its hajj and Umrah pilgrims to fulfil their obligations easily and comfortably. 

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Chronic Kidney Disease, or CKD, is one of the most prevalent health conditions around the globe. May pilgrims who visit Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah suffer from CKD and require regular Hemodialysis to function normally.

The Saudi government provides free Hemodialysis facilities for pilgrims carrying out the Hajj or Umrah. However, information about accessing these facilities is not readily available. 

This article will delve into how Hajj and Umrah pilgrims can access the free hemodialysis facility provided by the Saudi government and not worry about their health deteriorating while performing their sacred pilgrimage. 

Before leaving for Hajj or Umrah

Before leaving for a pilgrimage, you must inform your physician so they can deem you fit for travel. If you are on Dialysis, remember to bring all your medical reports from your home country.

Apart from these reports, you also need to have test reports for Hepatitis B and C and HIV to get any serological treatment.

You should also have a letter from your physician stating your health condition so it is easier for the physicians in Saudi Arabia to continue your treatment.

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Treatment in Makkah

Hemodialysis in Makkah is available at King Abdul Aziz Hospital, locally known as “Zahir Hospital” or “Mustashfa Malik Abdul Aziz.”

It is located in the Zahir Area of Makkah and is about a 15 to 20-minute taxi ride from Al Ajyad.

The dialysis unit at King Abdul Aziz Hospital is closed on Fridays. Please make your dialysis appointment accordingly.

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Dialysis may not be available on the day you visit the hospital during busy periods of the year (e.g., Hajj / Ramadan), so you should call the hospital ahead of time and submit your paperwork. 

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Admission Process in Makkah

  • The main reception is located in the Emergency Dept. of the hospital. Your medical reports and visa are reviewed at the reception. After reviewing your documents, the staff will issue you a slip and return them to you. The documents you need to have along include:
    • Medical reports from your dialysis center.
    • Letter from your doctor stating your condition.
    • Original passport
    • Copies of your Hajj or Umrah Visas
    • Hepatitis B and C and HIV report
  • Reception 2 (Dialysis Centre): The staff at this reception requires you to submit the slip supplied by Reception 1 and all your medical reports.
  • After registering you for Dialysis, the team will issue you a new slip and return your documents. You need to wait until you receive the slip; males will stay outside and females will stay in their separate allocated rooms.
  • Before heading toward the waiting area, you need to go to the weighing room to check your vitals. The staff here will take your weight, temp, BP, etc., to avoid complications during the Dialysis. 

Treatment in Medina

Dialysis for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims in Medina is available at King Fahd Hospital, locally known as “Mustashfa Malik Fahd.”

The hospital is located approximately 20-25 minutes from The Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque.

Pilgrims can get Dialysis from this hospital through the A&E Department.

Admission Process

  • Reception – Here, you inform the staff about your purpose of visit, i.e., “Hajji Dialysis.” Show the staff your Hajj/Umrah Visa and get a pre-filled form.
  • You will hand this form to the staff inside the second room and wait for your turn. Once you get called, inform the doctor that you are here on Hajj/Umrah and require Dialysis. The doctor will ask you for some of your medical details, fill in your form, and return it to you.
  • You will hand in the filled form in the next room and wait. The staff will take your blood samples and refer you to the emergency ward to wait for your test results and bed availability. 
  • As soon as a bed is free for Dialysis, the staff brings you in for your treatment. Once a dialysis unit becomes free, the staff will take you for Dialysis. Males and females are segregated in the treatment area; however, companions (Mal