THE number of Nigerian pilgrims that died while performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine, Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Ibrahim Kana, has announced.
Kana made the announcement in Muna, while briefing journalists on activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the pilgrims. Vanguard had reported, yesterday, the death of a Lagos pilgrim, Folashade Lawal, from Oshodi council, Lagos State.
According to Kana, “the deceased collapsed at Jamrat and was brought to the hospital in Muna, but died; she was hypertensive.” Earlier, Lagos State Amir Hajj, AbdulLateef Abdulkarim, said late Mrs. Lawal hailed from Oshodi Local Government Area of the state, explaining that she slumped at 3 a.m. while heading to Jamrat to throw stone at the devil.
The chairman of the team said the commission opened 21 field offices in Muna with adequate drugs and ambulances, with well-trained medical personnel on ground to attend to pilgrims. He identified cough and hypertension as some of the health challenges presented by patients.
Meanwhile, Nigerian pilgrims had begun aggressive buying and selling after Arafat and Eid al- Kabir. A visit to Nigerian camp in Muna yesterday showed many pilgrims, mostly women, buying women wears and other gift items they claimed were meant for their families and friends at home.
Others, however, devoted their time to accomplishing the remaining rites such as stone throw at the three devils and special prayer.
Pilgrims, who spent three days to accomplish religious rites in Muna, were expected to move to the Grand Mosque, Makkah, today to complete the remaining rites to ensure an acceptable hajj.