By Kayode Sanni-Arewa, from Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, yesterday, said another female pilgrim from Sokoto State has died in the city of Madinah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Addressing newsmen in Saudi Arabia, NAHCON’s Head of Medical Team in Madinah, Dr. Hamidu Liman, said the elderly woman had severe medical issues right from home but got worse when she arrived Saudi Arabia.

Liman noted that the funeral of the deceased was conducted last Friday, after having spent four days in the intensive care unit at Al-Ansar Hospital before she died.

He said, “She was appropriately received at NAHCON’s clinic. As soon as we reviewed her case, we realised that it is something that requires a specialist’s attention. We referred her to Al-Ansar Hospital.

“She was in their Intensive Care Unit for four days before we unfortunately lost her. The appropriate authorities have been informed. Alihamdulillah, the Janaza (funeral rite) was conducted last Friday in Madinah. And she has been buried accordingly. May Allah bless her soul and grant her Aljanatu firdaus. Aameen.”

Liman, who stated that the four clinics established in Madinah for convenience of the pilgrims, had treated over 5,000 patients, stated that the most reported cases were fatigue, body pain, and headache.

He added that some of the patients came occasionally with previous medical problems like hypertension, diabetes, and asthma from Nigeria, while he noted that cases of frank psychiatric illnesses and pathological fracture that could not be handled by the clinics were appropriately referred to Al – Ansar Hospital in Madinah for prompt medical attention.

He added that two persons who had fractures due to accidental fall from slippery floor and another elderly woman from minor domestic accident (pathological fracture) had been treated and discharged.

He said, “These cases are developed here. They fall from slippery floor because our people are not used to tiles. The good thing is that all these cases were appropriately referred to Al-Ansar Hospital.

“They had open reduction and internal fixation. Two have been discharged and they have moved to Makkah. One is going to be discharged today. Then, we take her back to pilgrims’ residence for movement to Makkah.”

He said the four clinics in Madinah had doctors, nurses, pharmacists, appropriate drugs, and five ambulances to cater for the welfare of the pilgrims, adding that states had separate arrangements for the pilgrims’ welfare, noting that most of the states reserve their ambulances for Makkah operations.

He advised intending pilgrims to do exercise regularly right from home and assess the status of their health before embarking on pilgrimage, which he said is a rigorous exercise that requires a lot of movement and trekking.

The latest death brought to two the number of Nigerian pilgrims who had died in Saudi Arabia, as a female Katsina pilgrim had earlier died in her sleep in Makkah last week from myocardial infarction which is secondary to hypertensive heart disease.



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