The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria reports that six people have reportedly passed away during Hajj rituals in Mina and Arafat.
Dr. Usman Galadima, the Head of Medical Mission for NAHCON, announced this at a stakeholders meeting on Sunday in Makkah.
The six pilgrim deaths put the total number of fatalities at the 2023 Hajj pilgrimage to 13.
According to the NAHCON medical team’s report, the states of Plateau, Borno, Yobe, FCT, Benue, and Lagos each lost one pilgrim, while the states of Kaduna and Osun each lost two. Three pilgrims were lost due to tour operators.
Galadima stated in his presentation that a total of seven pilgrims passed away before Misha’ir, which involved traveling from Mina to Arafat and returning to Mina, and an additional six pilgrims passed away during the Misha’ir.
He said: “Some of the challenges faced in Mina included increased pressure on the ambulance services, increased congestion in Mina, and poor sanitization”.
Galadima also disclosed that two Nigerians had been put to bed during the 5-days Hajj rites, while 93 emergency cases were being attended to, including three cases of Chickenpox.
The team also reportedly recorded five psychiatric cases, seven heat strokes, 12 severe malaria cases, and seven cases of diabetes emergencies.
Goni Sanda, the head of aviation for NAHCON, revealed that the first aircraft back to Nigeria will leave on July 4 and continue until August 3 and that both officials and pilgrims would be treated according to a “first come, first to depart system.”
However, he noted that most officials might stay in Saudi Arabia for “nothing more than 45 days to ensure smooth returns of Nigerians home.”