The Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (MPWB) had sought continued synergy with Port Health Services in fast-tracking the issuance of e-Yellow Fever cards for intending pilgrims so as to allow them to partake in the Holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, while awaiting Saudi Arabia Hajj pronouncement.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had said the old yellow card would no longer be accepted as of July 1, 2019, hence the need for every traveler to obtain the new card.
The Executive Secretary, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Salau Dauda made this known during a courtesy visit to the agency’s office at the Federal Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying the Port Health Services is one of the key agencies of government that usually assist in making Hajj operations hitch-free.
Alhaji Dauda noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends vaccination against Yellow Fever for all international travelers to protect them from the virus, adding that it was important for all intending pilgrims to obtain the vaccine and have their e-Yellow Fever card.
“We don’t want to be caught unaware when Saudi Arabia Authority makes a pronouncement on Hajj policy guidelines, now that everything is electronic, the server might be congested when Hajj operation is on, so we want you to give us maximum support in the issuance of e-Yellow Fever card”, he said.
Responding, the State Coordinator, Port Health Services, Mr. Emmanuel Taiwo assured of the agency’s readiness to give necessary support to the Board, urging it to forward the detailed list of intending pilgrims, in order to facilitate the processing and issuance of the card.
Mr. Taiwo stated that WHO had improved on the Yellow Fever vaccine which would last for a lifetime, unlike the previous one which lasted for ten years when taken, adding that the e- Yellow Fever card registration would be processed on the website to guide against the issuance of fake cards.
Nofisat Alapoti & Gafar Alabi,
Press Officers, MPWB.
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