TICKER: Three Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia — Official

Three Nigerian pilgrims who travelled to perform hajj in Saudi Arabia have died, amidst claims by the Head of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria Medina Mission, Bello Tambawwal, that adequate health care facilities are available to Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Tambawwal confirmed the death of the pilgrims in an interview in Medina, saying the deceased were from Kebbi, Kano and Katsina states. He said the first was a pilgrim from Kano State, who died aboard the plane conveying him and others in the inaugural flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the others who died in Medina, were both old and frail in health.

“Both of them were in their ripe age at the time of their death,” he said.

Mr. Tambawwal said the Nigerian mission is working hard to ensure that medical services are available to the pilgrims, by operating two clinics in Medina, which render 24 hour services. He said the commission is working with the medical teams of state pilgrims’ boards to ensure that priority attention was given to the health- care of pilgrims. He commended the Federal Capital Territory, Edo, Jigawa, Osun and Kogi states for committing to provide healthcare for their pilgrims and urged other states to emulate them.

Mr. Tambawwal also commended the states for the thorough screening of intending female pilgrims, which resulted to none carrying a pregnancy unlike in the past.

“Last year we had nine cases of pregnancy cases, resulting in still birth or safe delivery of the babies but we have no pregnancy cases this year”, he said.

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