The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), os set to provide what it calls “ Medical Caravan” at Mashaeer during the Hajj days this year.
Saudi Arabian authorities have announced Saturday, August 10 as the day of Arafat.
Pilgrims from all over the world are therefore, expected to move to Mina on Friday where they will spend the next four to five days observing the most important aspect of Hajj exercises.
These exercises including standing on the plains of Arafat, passing the best part of the night at Muzdalifa and the three or four days of stoning the devil ritual at Jamarat.
NAHCON on Sunday morning says it will set up caravans within the tents occupied by Nigerian pilgrims as part of the National Medical Team’s effort to provide efficient services to pilgrims.
The commission’s head of medical team, Dr Ibrahim Kana in a message to Chief executive officers of States pilgrims boards, commissions and agencies said medical personnel have been
distributed to states “and in some instances zones (South East/South South) who would depart Makkah for Mina WITH YOUR PILGRIMS during the Tradudiyya movement. In the same bus.”
“Thereafter, you are expected to create space for them to establish a make-shift clinic within the tents; both Male and female sections. For the larger states like Kano et al, we have the capacity to have even more, so long as the states would provide the needed space.
“The Armed Forces is fully covered. If the Tour operators organise themselves into adjoining tents, we are ready for them,” Dr Kana said.
He also said the same caravan would move to Arafat with sufficient drugs and medical consumables, adding “ we have made provisions for blood sugar testing for the diabetic patients”.
He added that “the same caravan would travel back to Mina via Muzdalifa as prescribed”.
More drugs supplied, environmental officers appointed
Meanwhile, Dt Kana said a request for all the drugs, consumables and equipment required for the Caravan system has already been approved by the Chairman: CEO of NAHCON, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Mohammed.
He said a consignment of the supplies should arrive the Medical store on Monday/Tuesday. “Boxes are ready for each of the state and tents as to be agreed,” he said.
Dr Kana also reminded the state officials of the advice by NAHCON for states to recruit Environmental Health Officers for this year’s Hajj.
He said the officers are expected to ensure environmental sanitation and hygiene is maintained within and around tents in Mina.
“Similarly, NAHCON’s four new Mercedes Benz built ambulances equipped with Oxygen concentrator and other resuscitative gadgets are ready to be deployed.
“States with new ambulances can be brought into the central ambulance system to serve all pilgrims under a single management system. Toll numbers would be provided in the coming days,” Dr Kana said.
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