Hajj 2016: 18 Nigerians die in Saudi Arabia – NAHCON

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By; MOHAMMAD IBRAHIM, Kaduna.
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Commissioner Representing Federal Ministry of Health and Head of Medical Committee, Dr. Ibrahim Kana said a total of 18 Nigerian pilgrims died in the holy land of Saudi Arabia while performing this year’s hajj.
According to him, 13 of the pilgrims died in Makkah, 3 in Muna and 2 in Medina. He explained that the causes of their dead were largely non communicable diseases.
Dr Kana dislcosed this at a meeting organized by NAHCON held today 17th September, 2016 in Saudi Arabia.
He however expressed that special attention must be given to screening intended pilgrims for life threatening illness before accepting them for Hajj operations by the respective authorities as this is one in many cases for the cause for death of the pilgrims. He gave example of a pilgrim that died for renal failure and it was discovered he was suffering from that since at home and has no business embarking on such rigorous Hajj rites.
He added that the wristband project is doable, workable & useful for our pilgrims as such, the project has come to stay and will undergo some improvement.
In his remarks, NAHCON Chairman Barrister Abdullahi Muktar urged airlines to complete their reward by putting same effort during the return trip.

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