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<strong>6 Pilgrims Die, 30 Face Mental Health Challenges During Hajj 2023</strong>

6 Pilgrims Die, 30 Face Mental Health Challenges During Hajj 2023 

Medical Team Reports Six Out of 95,000 Nigerian Hajj Pilgrims Die

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Dr. Usman Galadima, the leader of the Nigerian medical team in charge of the Hajj pilgrimage, reported that six Nigerian pilgrims, unfortunately, died during this year’s trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During a pre-Arafat discussion with stakeholders, Dr. Galadima revealed this information.

Two of the pilgrims who died were from Osun State, and one each from Kaduna and Plateau. The reasons for death were listed as heart arrest and unknown ailments.

In addition to the deaths, Dr. Galadima said that his medical team treated 30 pilgrims who were suffering from mental illnesses. He did, however, promise the patients that they were now in a stable state and would be able to participate in the Hajj pilgrimage.

In addition, the medical team reported seven pregnancies among the Nigerian pilgrims. Sokoto, Adamawa, Kwara, Yobe, Plateau, and Katsina were the states represented in these instances. Unfortunately, two miscarriages happened during the journey, adding to the difficulties encountered by the Nigerian contingent. A diabetic pilgrim also had a limb amputation due to the disease’s complications.

Dr. Galadima said that his team delivered consultations to 15,860 Nigerian pilgrims, with around 100 beings sent to Saudi hospitals for additional medical assistance.

Earlier, the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikirullah Kunle Hassan, stated that all 95,000 Nigerian pilgrims had been safely transported to Saudi Arabia for the hajj activity.

Nigerian authorities and medical experts are working hard to safeguard the remaining pilgrims’ well-being and safety, giving them essential assistance and care during this hallowed trip.

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