Afghan pilgrims visiting holy city of Makkah are required to donate 1,000 afghanis each for treatment of people suffering from congenital heart defect.
The matter was recommended by the Afghan Red Crescent Society during the recent cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Based on the cabinet instruction, Afghan Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs is required to charge each pilgrim with 1,000 afghanis through a bank challan and channel it to ARCS account.
A congenital heart defect is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth, with symptoms including rapid breathing, bluish skin, poor weight gain and feeling tired.
Treatment of patients with critical condition costs more than $4,000 and most families in the poverty-stricken country cannot afford to pay the sum.
More than 20,000 pilgrims leave Afghanistan for Haj pilgrimage annually.