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Hajj 2019: Five Nigerian Pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, has confirmed the death of five Nigerian pilgrims currently participating in the 2019 Hajj rites in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Ibrahim Kana, Chairman of the National Medical Team in the Commission, released the figure on Tuesday July 31st 2019, in Madinah from the commission’s National Medical Team Electronic Health Medical Records. While speaking to newsmen, Kana said some of the pilgrim died of various illnesses including heart and lung diseases.

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“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.

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