13 Deaths Recorded At 2023 Hajj – NAHCON

According to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, not less than six persons have reportedly died in the course of the Hajj rites in Mina and Arafat.

This was made known by NAHCON’s Head of Medical Mission, Dr. Usman Galadima, at Stakeholders’ meeting in Makkah, on Sunday.

There was a total deaths of seven persons before the new six deaths.

The six deaths bring the total number of deaths at the 2023 Hajj exercise to 13.

NAHCON medical team reported that; Kaduna and Osun States lost two pilgrims each; Plateau, Borno, Yobe, FCT, Benue, and Lagos states lost one pilgrim respectively, while tour operators lost three pilgrims.

Galadima explained in his presentation that a total of seven pilgrims died before Misha’ir – movement from Mina to Arafat, and back to Mina – while another six died during the Misha’ir.

He said: “Some of the challenges faced in Mina included increased pressure on the ambulance services, increased congestion in Mina, and poor sanitization”.

Galadima also disclosed that two Nigerians had been put to bed during the 5-days Hajj rites, while 93 emergency cases were being attended to, including three cases of Chickenpox.

The team also reportedly recorded five psychiatric cases, seven heat strokes, 12 severe malaria cases, and seven cases of diabetes emergencies.

NAHCON’s Head of Aviation, Goni Sanda said that the inaugural return flight to Nigeria had been scheduled for the 4th of July and would run till the 3rd of August, adding that both officials and pilgrims would be treated on a “first come, first to depart system”

He also noted that most officials may spend “nothing more than 45 days in Saudi Arabia to ensure smooth return of Nigerians home.”

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Zebranews wishes them safe journey, may the Almighty give the families of the dead the fortitude to bear the lost of their beloveds.

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