By DAUD OLATUNJI, ABEOKUTA
Tragedy struck in Abeokuta on Thursday when an intending aged Muslim woman identified as Oladokun Silifat Ajinni slumped and died during the seminar organised by the Ogun State
Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to sensitise the intending pilgrims on issues concerning the 2014 Hajj exercise.
The seminar which was held at the Secretariat Mosque, Oke-Ilewo area, Abeokuta was the last in the series of programmes held to prepare the intending pilgrims from the state towards a hitch-free 2014 hajj.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the deceased had been diagnosed of high blood pressure during the medical screening held in August and had been advised to seek medical attention.
Meanwhile,no fewer than 2,200 pregnant women and nursing mothers in Olose community in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State benefitted from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P maternal and child health programme.
The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of National Ear Care Centre, Kaduna, Dr Abisola Sodipo-Clark who disclosed this yesterday, said.
The initiative was part of President Goodluck Jonathan administration’s effort to reduce maternal mortality in the country.
Sodipo-Clark said , “Let me therefore enjoin the beneficiaries to ensure that whatever amount of money is given out to them here is expended on their individual antenatal and postnatal care.
“Please and for the sake of your baby and your own health and well being, avoid a situation where you treat the CCT payout as your own share of the ‘national cake’ which you can expend on ‘aso ebi’ uniform for the next social ceremony or party you plan to attend.
“The Federal Government should be commended for this magnanimity towards the pregnant women and nursing mothers. So, you should reciprocate this good gesture by ensuring that they spend the money on what it is meant for and wisely,too.”
She promised to facilitate the the establishment of zonal Ear Care Centre in the South West with Ogun State been the headquarter.
She also advocated for the support of the people of the state to return President Jonathan in office in the 2015 elections to reap more dividends of democracy.
Sources at the event claimed that she was looking restless, as she was breathing and panting heavily.
The decease who was accompanied by her son that Brough food for her which she ate before she slumped .
She was later died on the way while she was being rushed to the hospital.
The head of the board’s medical team, Dr. Nasirudeen Bello, who confirmed the incident described it as “unfortunate.”
However, the chairman of the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr. Isiaq Yusuf, charged other intending pilgrims to abhor all acts that could tarnish the image of the state and the country while in Saudi Arabia.