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  • Thursday, 25 July 2024
268 Returning Sierra Leone Hajj Pilgrims Test Negative for COVID-19

268 Returning Sierra Leone Hajj Pilgrims Test Negative for COVID-19

The Government of Sierra Leone has announced that all 268 pilgrims returning from the Hajj pilgrimage have tested negative for COVID-19 using rapid antigen tests. This success is attributed to meticulous planning and cooperation among government bodies and pilgrims over several months.


Key measures taken to ensure the health and safety of the pilgrims included:


- All pilgrims received vaccinations before traveling for Hajj.

- Clear communication was provided to pilgrims about what to expect upon their return.

- Twenty testing stations were set up at the old airport terminal for efficient processing.

- Pilgrims were treated with dignity and respect throughout the testing process.

- Each pilgrim received a care package containing masks, hand sanitizers, and informational materials.

- District medical teams were on standby to maintain active surveillance for any potential cases.


The success of this operation was made possible through the leadership of the National Public Health Agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Welfare, the Hajj Committee, the Sierra Leone Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the pilgrims themselves.


District Medical teams will continue their vigilance to ensure any arising cases are promptly managed, underscoring the government's commitment to public health and safety.


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