Friday, April 18, 2014

No first aid box for Nigerian pilgrims — Investigation


A cross section of the intending Pilgrims from Bayelsa State, during the Flag-off ceremony of the Pilot Scheme of the Easter Pilgrimage exercise 2012 in Port Harcourt.

By  Chijioke Okoronkwo

A female Nigerian  pilgrim who fell sick inside a bus in Haifa, Israel on Tuesday could not receive medical treatment because there was no first aid treatment for her.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were no fewer than five medical personnel on the Nigerian contingent but none of them had first aid boxes or drugs for emergency.

A medical personel who pleaded anonymity told NAN that officials of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) told them that they would be provided with first aid boxes on arrival in the holy land but the NCPC failed to do so.

“The commission told us that we would be given medical jackets on arrival but up until now in our second day, noting was given to us.

“The woman told me she had signs that something was wrong with her but I could not do anything because I have no drugs.

“It is really an ugly situation because many more people are likely to develop problems.”

NAN reports that the sick female pilgrim later felt better after she had vomited, although she did not take any drug.

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