Hajj 2014: Pilgrims must undergo Ebola screening – Official


The National Hajj Commission approved the sum of 721,000 as Hajj fare.


The Executive Secretary of the Plateau Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Salidu Musa, has said all intending Muslims pilgrims in the state must undergo medical screening for communicable diseases, especially the Ebola virus.

Mr. Musa also said the measure is part of safety measure adopted by National Hajj Commission.

He said this on Wednesday in his office in Jos, while briefing journalists on the preparations being made towards a successful Hajj operation 2014.

Mr. Musa also said the board has commenced physical and religious knowledge screening of intending pilgrims, saying that those who lack Islamic knowledge will not be allowed to attend this year Hajj.

He said visas will be issued to “those who have scaled through the screening.”

Mr. Musa said that, “those who missed the last Hajj will be given another opportunity in 2014” while those who not want to partake again will be refunded their money.

The Executive Secretary said the board will not allow single females and pregnant women attend Hajj in line with the resolve of National Hajj Commission.

He said the National Hajj Commission approved N721,000 as Hajj fare.

He said that Plateau State Pilgrimage broad was allotted 1,274 slots for the 2014 pilgrimage, instead of the 1300 slots that was originally allocated to the state. He said this was due to the ongoing renovation of the central mosques in Mecca.

Mr. Musa also said that there was a 20 per cent reduction in intending pilgrims nationwide following an order from the Saudi Arabian authority.

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