The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has officially announced the unfortunate demise of six Nigerian pilgrims who were partaking in the revered 2023 Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
During a gathering of the commission in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Usman Galadima, the Head of the NAHCON 2023 Hajj medical team, conveyed the distressing news on Saturday. Galadima revealed that two pilgrims each from Osun and Kaduna States, as well as one pilgrim from Plateau State, had succumbed to various causes.
Additionally, Galadima revealed that the medical team had diagnosed 30 patients who were grappling with mental health challenges. These individuals are currently under the care and treatment of the medical team, with the hope that they will be able to proceed with their Hajj rituals.
“We have been providing comprehensive care for them in our medical facilities. Our team consists of four psychiatrists who have been diligently managing their cases. Thankfully, they have shown some stability, and it is likely that all of them will be able to perform the Hajj pilgrimage,” Galadima remarked.
Furthermore, Galadima disclosed that the 2023 Hajj clinic encountered two cases of miscarriage, while one baby was successfully delivered. This bittersweet occurrence amidst the losses serves as a poignant reminder of the circle of life.
In light of the distressing mortality rate, Galadima stressed the urgent need to enhance the pre-Hajj medical screening for intending pilgrims. He emphasized the importance of identifying individuals who may not be in optimal health for the arduous journey, suggesting that they be restricted from traveling to ensure their well-being.
The news of the six Nigerian pilgrims’ untimely demise has cast a shadow over the 2023 Hajj pilgrimage, bringing sorrow to the hearts of their families and loved ones. As the Nigerian community mourns their loss, efforts are underway to support the remaining pilgrims and ensure their well-being throughout this sacred journey.