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Six Nigerian Hajj pilgrims die and 30 others undergoing treatment in Saudi Arabia

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has confirmed the death of six Nigerian pilgrims in the ongoing 2023 Hajj in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

Usman Galadima, the head of the NAHCON 2023 Hajj medical team, made this known on Saturday, June 24, 2023, during a meeting of the commission in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

He said the delegations from Osun and Kaduna States for the 2023 Hajj recorded two deaths each, while Plateau State recorded one.

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Galadima also disclosed that the team diagnosed 30 patients with mental challenges.

According to him, they are currently undergoing treatment and expected to perform hajj.


“We have been managing them in our facilities. We have about four psychiatrists in the team. We have been managing them and all of them would likely perform hajj because they are a bit stable now,”

He further stated that the 2023 Hajj clinic recorded two miscarriages and delivered one baby.

To address the mortality rate, Mr Galadima called for the strengthening of the pre-hajj medical screening of intending pilgrims.

Galadima added that there is a need to restrict those deemed to be “not fit to travel”.

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