Hajj: FCT pil­grims be­gin med­i­cal test to­day

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Mus­lim Pil­grims’ Wel­fare Board has said that it will carry out med­i­cal screen­ing from Mon­day July 18 with in­tend­ing pil­grims from Kwali and Abaji area coun­cils to as­cer­tain their health sta­tus be­fore the jour­ney.

The board added that in­tend­ing pil­grims from Kuje and Abuja Mu­nic­i­pal area coun­cils are billed to un­dergo med­i­cal screen­ing on Tues­day July 19, while those from Bwari and Gwag­wal­ada are due for the ex­er­cise on Wed­nes­day July 20.

The di­rec­tor of the board, Malam Bashir Muham­mad, warned in­tend­ing pil­grims to ad­here strictly to in­struc­tions and par­tic­i­pate in all ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at suc­cess­ful hajj ex­er­cise.

Muham­mad gave the ad­vice dur­ing the com­mence­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and ori­en­ta­tion ex­er­cise for the 2016 in­tend­ing pil­grims held at the per­ma­nent hajj camp in Abuja.

He said that ex­am­i­na­tions would be con­ducted at the end of the ori­en­ta­tion ex­er­cises and any in­tend­ing pil­grim who could not get the re­quired marks would not be al­lowed to travel to Saudi Ara­bia for the ex­er­cise.

The di­rec­tor said that a be­fit­ting ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion has been se­cured for Mus­lims to this year’s hajj in Makkah Saudi Ara­bia.

He stated that the ac­com­mo­da­tion were lo­cated close to the Holy Mosque to en­able pil­grims per­form their re­li­gious obli­ga­tions with less stress. He em­pha­sised that fail­ure to at­tend any event might lead to dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of in­tend­ing pil­grims from the ex­er­cise.

About 3,000 in­tend­ing pil­grims would per­form the hajj through the board this year.

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