461 med­i­cal per­son­nel cater for Nige­rian pil­grims – NAHCON

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

Four hun­dred and sixty one Nige­rian med­i­cal per­son­nel have been sent to Saudi Ara­bia to at­tend to the coun­try’s 55,000 pil­grims per­form­ing this year’s Hajj.

The med­i­cal per­son­nel com­prise 214 doc­tors, 182 nurses and 65 phar­ma­cists, ac­cord­ing to the head of the na­tional med­i­cal team, Dr Ibrahim Kana.

The med­i­cal and health per­son­nel were drawn from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, states and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

The med­i­cal team had set up clin­ics in­side pil­grims ac­com­mo­da­tions in Mad­i­nah and Makkah.

The med­i­cal per­son­nel will also set up clin­ics in Muna, as well as Plains of Arafat dur­ing the four-day Hajj rit­ual to at­tend to health needs of the pil­grims.

Dr Kana said NAHCON has also re­vived its Health Aware­ness Com­mit­tee (HAC) to collaborate with Saudi Ara­bia’s Min­istry of Health in cre­at­ing aware­ness among Nige­rian pil­grims.

“The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to de­velop aware­ness cre­ation sys­tem di­rectly to the pil­grims by vis­it­ing and in­ter­act­ing with them in their res­i­dences,” Kana said.

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