Hajj 2019: Nigeria has so far lost nine Pilgrims – NAHCON

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The Chairman, Medical Team of the the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Ibrahim Kana, has disclosed that the number of Nigerian Pilgrims that died while performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, has risen to nine.

TOS TV gathered that Mr. Kana made the announcement in Muna, while briefing Journalists on the activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the Pilgrims.

He pointed out that the latest deceased Pilgrim from Lagos State, collapsed at Jamrat and was brought to the Hospital in Muna, but died; she was hypertensive.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Amir Hajj, AbdulLateef Abdulkarim, identified the deceased as Folashade Lawal.

He noted that late Mrs. Lawal hailed from Oshodi Local Government Area of the State, and that she slumped at 3:00am, while heading to Jamrat to throw stones at the devil.

Throwing stones at the three devils is one of the Islamic rites towards an acceptable Hajj.

The Chairman of the team said that the Commission opened 21 field offices in Muna, with adequate drugs and ambulances.

Mr. Kana, stated that well trained medical personnel were on ground to attend to the 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-el-Kabir.

According to reports, many Pilgrims in Muna, mostly women, were seen 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 stones 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, on Tuesday, to complete the remaining rites to ensure an acceptable Hajj.

According to sources from NAHCON, Aug. 17, has been fixed as the kick-off for the flight of Nigerian Pilgrims back home.