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Niger earmarks N2.4m to vaccinatinate pilgrims

31 August 2012, 12:07

Niger - Niger government is using N2.5 million in vaccinating the state’s intending pilgrims from the state to Saudi Arabia.

Ibrahim Sule, the Commissioner for Health, who disclosed this on Thursday in Minna at the commencement of the exercise, said they would be vaccinated against polio, cerebral meningitis and yellow fever.

He said the exercise was in line with the directives of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the Saudi Arabian authorities.

He said the exercise, which is expected to last for two weeks, would include the screening of female intending pilgrims for pregnancy ``as the Saudi authorities frown at pregnant women performing hajj’’.

``Don't abort your pregnancy because you want to go for Hajj and don't get pregnant if you want to go for Hajj this year,’’ Sule stressed.

Muhammad Wushishi, Director of Operation, Niger Hajj Commission, said the commission was collaborating with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all the 4,300 intending pilgrims from the state were vaccinated.



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