Two pilgrims who were among the 55,000 Nigerians who arrived the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj, have been reported dead.
Dr Ibrahim Kana, Head of National Medical Team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) who confirmed the death of the two pilgrims from Lagos and Kano, said the deceased – a male from Lagos and a lady from Kano – died from diabetic complications. According to him, the Lagos pilgrim died in Muna on Sunday, while the Kano pilgrim died in Makkah a forthnight ago. On the death of the lady, Dr. Kana said;
“On the Makkah mortality, she was our patient. A Known diabetic and we referred her to King Abdulaziz Hospital in Makkah before she died yesterday.
“We have already captured her on our Electronic Health Medical Records System.”
This announcement came after two million Muslim faithfuls from across the world, successfully performed the major highlight of 2018 Hajj.
The identity of the pilgrims was withheld, because the incident has yet to be communicated to the family of the deceased. NAHCON has a practice of awaiting formal information on such incidents from the state concerned, before communicating deaths to relations of the deceased.
Two pilgrims from Kano State, also died during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia as confirmed the State Pilgrims Welfare Board. The Board’s Public Relations Officer, Nuhu Badamasi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Makkah that the deceased who were males, died in Makkah after performing their Hajj rites at the Ararat.
“The two pilgrims who lost their lives during this year’s Hajj died in Makkah after they performed the most significant Hajj rites that is staying at the Arafat,” he said.
Mr. Badamasi said the deceased who were from Dala and Doguwa local government areas, had since been buried in Makkah in accordance with the Islamic rites.