Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- Twenty Aids patient from King Saud hospital in Jeddah will be taking part in this year’s annual pilgrimage, under a groundbreaking scheme sponsored by the Saudi health authorities and Islamic Relief.
One pilgrim named Matouq told Asharq al Awsat: “When I entered the hospital for the first time and discovered the nature of my illness, I imagined a hellish future. But today, I am joining the group of pilgrims and feel I am in heaven.”
For her part, Afrah, smiled broadly, as she said, “My finances would not have allowed me to go on Hajj (pilgrimage). I was afraid…I was not well informed about my health condition. My condition is untreatable. All I need is medical supervision. I wanted to go on Hajj in order to comfort my heart. Thank you to all those who have provided us with this opportunity.”
Each pilgrim can cost as much as $800 dollars according to the assistance they require. Throughout the pilgrimage they will be supervised by qualified personnel who are aware of the health needs, in order to ensure a successful Hajj.