3 Nigerian Pilgrims Die In Saudi Arabia


As Muslims across the globe observe this year’s Hajj, three Nigerian pilgrims have  been confirmed dead in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The head of Federal Government Medical Team, Dr. Ibrahim Kamal confirmed the death  of the three pilgrims, while speaking with P.M.NEWS on phone from Saudi Arabia  yesterday.

Though Dr. Kamal declined to disclose the identities of the deceased pilgrims,  saying he was not permitted to do so,  a source in Saudi Arabia confirmed to our  correspondent this morning that two of them were  from the North East zone, while  the third one came from the South West area of Nigeria.

Dr. Kamal, however, said  that his team is trying its best to ensure that the  pilgrims enjoy their stay in the Holyland.

According to him, “only three Nigerians have died here in Saudi Arabia. Two died in  Medina while the third one died in Makka. Aside these three, over 500 pilgrims have  been treated for various ailments including fever, stomach disorder and body pains.”

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He assured that the medical personnel that accompanied the pilgrims  to the Holyland  will continue to serve them in Makka and Medina until the end of the exercise.

“The Federal Government has six medical teams across Saudi Arabia. They are all  well-equipped and fully ready to serve the pilgrims.Four of the teams are stationed  in Makka, one in Jeddah and the sixth one is based in Medina,” he said

Dr. Kamal also stated that all the Nigerian pilgrims are in marathon prayers for the  success of the 2011 general elections and urged people at home to continue to pray  for them.

—Biodun Onafuye/ Ijebu-Ode

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