Kaduna -The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board
has barred 21 women from performing this year's pilgrimage to Saudi
Arabia, Dr Ibrahim Aliyu, the Director of the state Medical Team, has
Aliyu said 19 of the women were dropped when they were found to be
pregnant while two others were barred from performing the Hajj due to
serious medical conditions.
The director disclosed this when he received the wife of the state
Governor, Hajia Fati Yero, who was at the state Hajj Camp for medical
screening preparatory to her journey for the pilgrimage.
He said those screened out were carrying pregnancies of between three
weeks to six months, adding that the screening would continue until the
transportation of the pilgrims was concluded.
According to the official, the women came from nine out of the
21 local government areas where the medical screening was conducted.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that only pilgrims from
Birnin Gwari and Kaduna North Local Governments were yet to be screened.
NAN also reports that the wife of the governor was cleared after the result of her medical test came out negative.
In his comment, Alhaji Kabir Kasim, the Executive Secretary of the
board assured the women affected that they would be given priority
during the 2014 Hajj exercise.