Nigeria loses 5 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia


Nigeria has lost five pilgrims, including three females and two males, in Saudi Arabia, Dr Ibrahim Kana, the Chairman, Medical Committee, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said.

In a statement on Tuesday, Dr Kana said one died in Madina while the remaining four died in the city of Makkah.

He added that they all died of various illnesses, including heart and lung diseases.

The head of national medical team noted that all the families had been informed accordingly by the various state pilgrims’ welfare agencie.

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He said that the Chairman/CEO of NAHCON had also informed the presidency as well as extended letters of condolences to the governors of states affected.

He said records from the National Medical Team Electronic Health Medical Records showed that so far in both Makkah and Madina, 10,485 diagnosis had been made with Makkah accounting for over 60%.

He added that 108 referrals were made to various Saudi Arabian hospitals after keeping 45 on observation for a variety of illnesses in the four facilities in Madina and five in Makkah.

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Dr Kana, who said all the clinics were located within a stone throw to pilgrims’ accommodation in both Makkah and Madina in order to ameliorate suffering of pilgrims, added that over 15 million drugs had been consumed by Nigerian pilgrims at no cost to them.

He said NAHCON 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’s due process.

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