21 Nigerian pilgrims have now died in Saudi Arabia.
The death toll has risen from 14 to 21, a week before
the Hajj rites, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

NAN quoted the National Hajj Commission’s weekly
public health bulletin “No one” dated Oct. 29, as
saying the male pilgrims had the highest mortality
rate of 13. The bulletin shows that Katsina State has the
highest figure of four; Sokoto, three, Kano, Lagos,
Zamfara and Ogun recorded two deaths each. Oyo, Gombe, Yobe and the Nigerian armed forces
recorded one death each. It also stated that 53 patients had been referred to
Saudi hospitals with 39 cases recorded in Medina,
four in Jeddah and 10 in Mecca. The bulletin states that 90 per cent of the patients
had been discharged. “So far, no single case of delivery has been
reported, however, there are two cases of
spontaneous abortion reported from Misfallah Clinic
in Mecca by female pilgrims from Sokoto and
Adamawa states, all mothers are in satisfactory
conditions,” the bulletin added. The bulletin shows that 7,496 Nigerian pilgrims have
so far visited the six clinics being operated by the
medical mission in Jeddah, Medina and Mecca, with
common cold and hypertension topping the list of
cases reported at the clinics. It also highlighted the problems faced during the
Arafat and Muna operations, blaming the Saudi
authority’s poor response to distress calls and
blocked road networks to evacuate sick pilgrims by
security operatives. “Late evacuation of refuse bins by Balidiya in state
and VIP tents in some cases did not help improve
our sanitation efforts,” it added. [NAN]'

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