Hajj 2018: Expert tasks pilgrims on hygiene

Asma'u Halilu, Madina

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An Environmental Officer has tasked intending pilgrims to maintain hygiene while on pilgrimage to avoid being infected by any disease.

The Officer, Environmental team, Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board, Hajiya Lami Yakubu Mahmud made the call while speaking with our correspondent in Madina, Saudi Arabia.

According to her: “Some of our intending pilgrims are from the rural area and are not familiar with the sophisticated equipment in this big hotels, hence the need to educate them. You find some urinating on the toilet floors, while some don’t sweep their rooms at all.”

Hajiya Lami stated that they also inspect the area where food is served to ensure it is kept clean by the pilgrims and hotel management, saying, they also inform them on how to dispose waste in the bins.

“We also inspect and taste the food sold by Nigerians residing here in Saudi and we guard our pilgrims accordingly so that they don’t eat contaminated food and fall ill,” Lami stressed.

Meanwhile, her counterpart who is a health officer with the Environmental team, Hajiya Amina Ahmed Lere said, she ensures intending pilgrims access medical care easily when the need for it arises.

“Because our pilgrims are given breakfast and dinner, some of them don’t buy lunch and just stay with hunger, thereby complaining about ulcer. Some of them forget the rigour involved in Hajj rituals, which requires adequate feeding for strength. So we enlighten them on the need to eat well and as well avoid staying in the sun, and drinking cold water to avoid falling ill.”

She noted that, some of the old pilgrims also complain of back ache and leg pains because of the distance they walk from their hotels to the mosque.

Most of the pilgrims stationed in Madina will soon be transported to Makkah for the hajj rites which will commence from the 19-22th August.

Omolayo.A