BY TAOFEEK LAWAL, Abuja
The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (FCT-MPWB) has said that intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj are to undergo a compulsory medical screening from Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
The public relations officer of the board, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday said all intending pilgrims must be screened at the permanent hajj camp, Bassan Jiwa near the Nnmadi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja before embarking on the spiritual journey.
Aliyu said the exercise was in line with the directives of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to screen intending pilgrims and assess their medical record before the journey. He disclosed that intending pilgrims from Abaji and Kwali Area Councils are scheduled to be screened on Tuesday 18th July 2017, while those from Kuje and Abuja Municipal (AMAC) Area Councils would be screened on Wednesday 19th July 2017.
Muhammad Lawal Aliyu also explained that intending pilgrims from Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils would have their screening exercise on Thursday 20th July 2017.
He stated that all the screening exercises would be carried out at the permanent hajj camp and directed intending pilgrims to report to the venue with their evidence of payment from 8 o’clock in the morning on the stipulated dates for the medical screening. He warned intending pilgrims to participate in the exercise as failure to attend may warrant losing of hajj seat for the year while adding that the exercise would enable the board to have a comprehensive medical record and health status of the intending pilgrims.
In the meantime, the board is to conduct inoculation of the intending pilgrims from Friday 21st July with pilgrims from Gwagalada, Kwali and Abaji Area Councils. Aliyu stated that intending pilgrims from Kuje, Bwari and Abuja Municipal (AMAC) are to receive their vaccination on Saturday 22nd July 2017 from 8am at the permanent hajj camp.
He explained that intending pilgrims are expected at the venue with their original evidence of payment for the exercise and warned that the vaccination would enable the board secure yellow cards for the journey.
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