2019 Hajj: Nigeria losses 5 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia 

Amina Mohammed, Madina 

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Five Nigerian pilgrims have been confirmed dead in the 2019 hajj exercise in Makkah and Madina.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the 2019 medical committee, Dr Ibrahim Kana in a statement issued at Saudi Arabia.

The five pilgrims include three females and two males; out of which one died in Madina while the remaining four died in the city of Makkah.

Dr. Kana said they all died of various illnesses including heart and lung diseases.

The chairman of the Nigerian Hajj Commission, Barrister Abdullahi Muktar has also informed the Nigerian authority as well as extend letters of condolences to the Governor of the affected states.

The statement added that all the Nigerian clinics are located within a stone throw to pilgrims’ accommodation in both Makkah and Madina, with adequate drugs to be administered to ailing Nigerian pilgrims at no cost.

“The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria prepared a drug forecast for the entire operation, including drugs for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis which were donated by the Federal Ministry of Health while the remaining were procured by the Commission, both onshore and offshore following government due process.”

Similarly, pilgrims are strongly advised not to consume stale food which get easily contaminated as a result of the high temperatures.

“In terms of wellbeing of pilgrims so far on the medical side, we are yet to encounter any serious situation or potential outbreak of any disease, except for the extreme temperatures which we admonish our pilgrims to stay indoors as much as possible, and if they must go out, they should cultivate the use of umbrellas and consume plenty of cold water.”

Regarding concerns of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), pilgrims are strongly advised to stay away from camels which are the reservoir and vector for the transmission of the disease.

Dr. Kana added that, all the NAHCON clinics are fully computerised, therefore pilgrims with the habit of patronising clinics just to received drugs would not be able to do that this time.

Omolayo.A