Four Nigerian pilgrims to remain in Saudi hospitals

Posted by Garba Muhammad | 8 September 2019 | 2,158 times

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Four Nigerian pilgrims hospitalised in Saudi hospitals are expected to remain beyond the completion of airlift of the 2019 hajj pilgrimage.

News Express reports that 20 Nigerian pilgrims died during the just-concluded hajj exercise.

Speaking on the four hospitalised pilgrims, Commissioner in charge of Health matters at the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, disclosed on Saturday in Makkah that one collapsed in King Abdulaziz Airport, Jeddah while about to board the flight back to Nigeria, while the other three are in Makkah following some complications they developed after Hajj.

Mr Kana said one of the patients who in the Intensive Care Unit will require extra care, attention and observation long after the official completion date of airlift of pilgrims back home by September 14.

“If the patient requires the attention of NAHCON, we would shoulder the responsibility, until she is well and discharged.

“It is normal for NAHCON to take such responsibilities for any Nigerian pilgrim; however on completion of Hajj operation, such sick cases were handed over to the Nigerian Consulate, who subsequently ensure the patients were reunited with their families in Nigeria at the expense of government,” the commissioner said.

Source: News Express

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