Female Hajj Pilgrim Dies In Saudi Arabia
The deceased, who is from the Ungogo local government area of Kano was part of the 2018 Hajj contingent.
National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Commissioner in charge of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, confirmed that the deceased died at the King Abdulazeez Hospital, Makka in the late hours of Tuesday after she was referred from NAHCON Clinic along Al-hijira road, Makka.
“She was our patient and we referred her to King Abdulaziz hospital before she died.
We have already captured her on our Electronic Health Medical Records system from patient referred to mortality”. he added
Executive secretary, Kano State Pilgrims Board, Alh. Mohammad Abba Danbatta in an interview with newsmen, said that the late pilgrim was a mother to one of the board’s staff.
The identity of the pilgrim earlier withheld by NAHCON because the incident was yet to be communicated to the family of the deceased, was released by Danbatta.
NAHCON has a practice of awaiting formal information on such incidents from the state concerned before communicating deaths to relations of the deceased.
Meanwhile, NAHCON has denied apportioning any blame to Saudi Arabia government over low number of intending pilgrims from Nigeria for 2018 pilgrimage.
In a statement issued yesterday by NAHCON spokesperson, Fatima Sanda Usara, it said there is no iota of truth in the report.
About 55,000 intending pilgrims from Nigeria are expected to join over one million Muslims across the globe for 2018 Islamic pilgrimage at the holy land.
Naija News however learns that the figure is lower than over 70,000 slots given to pilgrims from Nigeria.