Head of the National Hajj Com-mission, Bello Tambawwal, on Sunday, said that three Nigeria pilgrims had died in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Tambawwal disclosed this in an interview in Medina, saying the pilgrims were from Kebbi, Kano and Katsina states.
He said the first was a pilgrim from Kano State, who died aboard the plane conveying him and others to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the other two died in Medina from illnesses, but added that “both of them were in their ripe ages at the time of their death.’’
Mr Tambawwal said the Nigerian mission was working hard to ensure that medical services were made available to the pilgrims always, by operating two clinics in Medina, which rendered 24-hour services.
He said the commission was working with the medical team of state pilgrims’ board to ensure that priority was given to the health care of pilgrims.
He commended the Federal Capital Territory, Edo, Jigawa, Osun and Kogi states for their zeal and commitment to the health care of their pilgrims and urged others to emulate them.
Mr Tambawwal also commended the states for a thorough screening of intending female pilgrims.
“Last year we had nine cases of pregnancy cases, resulting in stillbirth, but we have no pregnancy case this year,” he said.