Kano - The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has screened out 20 pregnant women from performing the Hajj this year.
The board’s Public Relations Officer, Nuhu Badamasi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kano.
He said the pregnant women were discovered during routine screening of intending pilgrims conducted by a special committee of the board.
``The affected pilgrims will not be allowed to go to the Holy Land this year, and had been directed to wait until next year,’’ he said.
According to him, the board would make arrangement to refund their fares after the pilgrimage.
Badamasi advised pregnant women to stop deceiving themselves since they were statutory barred from performing the Hajj.
``Hajj is a strenuous exercise which requires a lot of energy, physical strength and fitness,’’ he said.
NAN reports that a total of 7,025 intending pilgrims would perform this year’s Hajj from the state.
It would be recalled that the Jigawa Pilgrims Welfare Board last week barred six pregnant women from travelling for the Hajj.