461 medical personnel cater for Nigerian pilgrims – NAHCON
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.