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BREAKING: four more Nigerian pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria reportedly said five Pilgrims are confirmed dead , in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Ibrahim Kana, Chairman, National Medical Team, released the figure Tuesday in Madinah from the commission’s  National Medical Team Electronic Health Medical Records.

The statement reads: “So far, Nigeria has lost five pilgrims including three females and two males; out of which one died in Madina while the remaining four died in the city of Makkah.

“They all died of various illnesses including heart and lung diseases….

“Records shows that so far in both Makkah and Madina, we have made 10, 485 diagnoses with Makkah accounting for over 60 per cent.

“Additionally, 108 referrals were made to various Saudi Arabian hospitals after keeping 45 pilgrims on observation for variety of illnesses in the four facilities in Madina and another five in Makkah.

“In order to ameliorate the suffering of pilgrims, all the clinics are located within a stone throw to pilgrims’ accommodation in both Makkah and Madina,” he stated.

Meanwhile, An aged female Nigerian pilgrim from Sokoto State was reportedly died in Madinah, Saudi Arabia a few days to the commencement of 2019 Hajj rites.

Dr Hamidu Liman, who is Head of Medical team, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Madinah on Tuesday.

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The deceased, who was not identified, reportedly had an ailment before embarking on the trip. Liman said she was referred to Al Ansar hospital, Madinah, where she died, four days ago.

After contact was made to the family, the deceased was later laid to rest in Madinah. Liman revealed.

In his was: “The deceased developed an illness from Nigeria, we attended to her but when her condition did not improve, we referred her for special attention at Al Ansar hospital, Madinah.

“We lost her in the hospital four days ago.

“I would advise intending pilgrims to ascertain their health status before embarking on pilgrimage because it involves lots of energy-sapping activities.

“They are urged to do physical exercise before embarking on pilgrimage, to ensure they are physically fit for the exercise,” he said.

According to Liman, three other pilgrims had fracture; others accidentally fell on the floor due to slippery tiles and were treated while one other had pathological fracture while.

Liman further identified major health challenges confronting Nigerian pilgrims to include hypertension, asthma, fatigue and headache.

He said four health centres in various locations in Madinah has been established by the commission to handle pilgrims’ minor ailments.

Pilgrims Special medical cases were taken to tertiary hospital for further medical attention in agreement with thr Saudi Government to treat such cases free of charge, the head of medical team revealed.

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