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Hajj death toll increases to 9

 The number of Nigerian pilgrims that died while  performing the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia has risen to nine, the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr Ibrahim Kana, has announced.

Dr Kana made the annoucement in Muna while briefing journalists on activities of the medical team of NAHCON for the pilgrims.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has lost another pilgrim to cold hand of death in Mina, Saudi Arabia while rescuing one after carrying out the first throwing of pebbles at Jamarat.

” The deceased, a Lagos State pilgrim, collapsed at Jamrat and brought to the hospital in Muna but died, she was hypertensive,” Kana said.

Report has it that two Lagos female pilgrims slumped while on their way to the Jamarat, but one of the pilgrims survived while the other one gave up the ghost before getting to the hospital.

The deceased whose name is Lawal Mulikat Shade, 56, is a native of Ikirun, Osun State, came for hajj through Oshodi Isolo Local Council Development Area with passport number A09878948.

According to medical report, she was an hypertensive patient.

Amir Hajj of the state, Dr. Hakeem Abdul-Lateef who disclosed the information after Zuhr Prayer, said the board is working with Saudi Arabia authority and the deceased family for burial arrangements at Masjid Al Haram, Mecca.

The Saudi Ministry of Health had earlier said it established more than sixteen health centers in the Jamarat area to provide health care to the stone throwers.

It will be recalled that six Nigerian pilgrims have died since the beginning of this year Hajj.

While praying for the repose of the dead, the Amir ul hajj advocated and cautioned other pilgrims who believe they are incapacitated as a result health challenges to send other pilgrims to do it on their behalf.

Wahab Akinlade

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