Defaulters may lose their slots.
The Ogun State Government has declared that intending pilgrims for Hajj who evades inoculation/medical screening may lose their slots.
The Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board made this clear in a statement signed by the secretary to the board, Sefiu Rasheed, in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
He explained that the screening exercise, scheduled to hold between June 24 and 28 for all applicants, is aimed at gathering information that will serve as guide in attending to the health needs of the pilgrims while during Hajj.
Mr. Rasheed added that the exercise, which is a follow-up to the just concluded screening exercise, is part of the prerequisites for the 2013 Hajj as prescribed by the National Hajj Commission for prospective pilgrims and also part of earnest preparations by the board.
He noted that all intending pilgrims must ensure they partake in the exercise so as not to forfeit their slots, as it remains an essential part of the requirements for pilgrims hoping to embark on the 2013 Hajj exercise.
“The 2013 screening exercise is meant to ensure that intending pilgrims are in sound health before embarking on the holy pilgrimage. Moreover, information gathered during the exercise will serve as a guide in offering necessary medical attention to pilgrims in Saudi Arabia,” he said.