Intending pilgrims for Hajj 2022 from Bauchi state has been informed that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah of Saudi Arabia Saudi has made it mandatory for all intending pilgrims to submit a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR) 24 hrs before their departure for Hajj this year.
The Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims board, Imam Abdurrahman Ibrahim Idris made this known while addressing intending pilgrims at Baba Sidi Bita centre in Bauchi metropolis.
He stressed that all intending pilgrims most undergo a PCR test.
Imam Abdurrahman noted that the Special visit was a deliberate effort by the Board to visit all the 56 orientation centers in the state with a view to inspect Hajj classes.
The classes are held for all intending pilgrims and facilitators to educate, enlighten and encourage them.
Applauding the facilitators at the centres, Imam Abdurrahman said the Board would continue to work with them and all other relevant stakeholders for the best interest of the pilgrims.
He further harped on the new Saudi guideline that says intending pilgrims willing to go for this year’s Hajj must be under 65 years of age and have received full dose of COVID-19 vaccination.
In a similar development, the Executive Secretary has paid unscheduled visits to Hajj inoculation centres in the state.
At General Hospital Bauchi, the Executive Secretary expressed satisfaction on the progress of the exercise. He called on intending pilgrims that are yet to be immunized to visit the nearest General Hospital in the state for their inoculation.
Imam Abdurrahman used the forum to advise the intending pilgrims to desist from travelling with prohibited items likes kolanuts and illicit drugs. He also urged them to be law abiding while in Saudi Arabia.
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