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Jigawa pilgrims to undergo Ebola, others screening

Prospective pilgrims for the 2015 Hajj to Saudi Arabia from
Jigawa State would undergo screening for Ebola Virus
Disease, hypertension, diabetes and malaria.

Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims Welfare Board,
Alhaji Alhassan Muhammad, disclosed this in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Dutse.

Muhammad said the screening was to ascertain the health
status of the prospective pilgrims before they embark on
the pilgrimage.

The executive secretary recalled that Nigeria had been
declared EVD-free by the World Health Organisation “but the
board is taking precautionary measures to protect the
state’s pilgrims from contracting the diseases.”

He said all prospective pilgrims in the state must be
screened before they would be allowed to pay their fare.

He added that final screening would be conducted at the
airport to stop pregnant women from embarking on the

“All intending pilgrims must be screened by our medical
team before they will be allowed to pay their fare.

“Final screening will be conducted at the airport especially
to stop pregnant women from embarking on the journey.”

The secretary said the board had concluded all necessary
arrangements to secure good accommodation for the
pilgrims in the Holy Land.

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