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[Correspondence] The Hajj health requirements: changing a mindset

In response to our Correspondence on the Hajj health requirements,1 the statement by Ziad Memish and colleagues (April 23, p 1719)2 that we called to “restrict the Hajj pilgrimage based on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)” is extremely misleading. We would like to clarify that we called for a global discussion, to include all Hajj stakeholders nationally and internationally, on whether seriously ill pilgrims should be allowed to attend Hajj and not for a unilateral action from the Saudi authorities to prevent pilgrims with any form of NCD or chronic illness from doing the pilgrimage.

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