NAHCON inaugurates medical committee 

Amina Mohammed, Abuja

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has inaugurated the Medical Committee for guideline review for the 2019 Hajj.

The inauguration, which was set up by the Commission’s Chairman Barrister Abdullahi Muktar  took place in the Commission’s conference room, with members drawn from Federal Ministry of Health, State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards (SPWB) and staff of NAHCON.

The Committee is expected to review existing medical operation’s guidelines due to dynamism of Hajj operations that necessitates constant appraisal and re-strategizing.

However, recommendations on how to improve on successes so far recorded are expected.

The review will also focus on: Medical team recruitment procedure and composition; Recommending minimum and maximum duration of engagement of medical personnel in 2019 Hajj operation; among others.

Others include Recommending reasonable remuneration for medical personnel, taking financial capabilities of individual states into cognizance; Identifying and reviewing performance of medical personnel in 2018 Hajj in order to propose methods of improving; Proposing a budget for drugs, medical consumables and ratio of funding by state’s and NAHCON; Educating medical team members on terms and conditions of engagement and the need to abide by them once they become signatories to these.

In his speech, the NAHCON Chairman thanked the members for accepting to serve in the committee despite the short notice. He harped on the relevance in composition of members of the Committee, which reflects consultative nature of the Commission.

In response, Chairman of the committee, Dr Ibrahim Kana, thanked NAHCON’s Chief Executive Officer for the confidence reposed on them to carry out the assignment faithfully, judiciously and soonest too. He promised that the Committee would present its report within the shortest time possible and are expected to submit its report within one week of inauguration.

Omolayo.A