Bauchi - No fewer than 100 intending female pilgrims in Bauchi State for the 2015 Hajj in Saudi Arabia have shunned pregnancy tests as a precondition for travelling.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Information Officer of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammad Yunusa, in Bauchi on Sunday.
The statement explained that the number was out of the 2,842 female intending pilgrims from the state.
It said those affected had neither showed up for the screening at designated medical centres nor reported to the board.
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The statement gave the affected women up to Tuesday, August 25 to visit Al-Amin Clinic along Nassarawa-Jahun Road, Bauchi, for the screening.
It expressed the concern of the board over the failure of the women to appear for the pregnancy test.
The statement said the non-appearance was causing unnecessary delays in the preparations for a hitch-free pilgrimage.
The board assured the intending pilgrims that it had concluded preparations for successful pilgrimage.
It called on intending pilgrims to cooperate with officials of the board to enable it to succeed.