Comparing the rate of mortality in this hajj and the previous one, the Head of Medical Team, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, said 18 Nigerian Pilgrims had lost their lives while performing the hajj rites.
Kana, who disclosed this at the 2016 Hajj post Arafat meeting in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, also acknowledged the improvement in sanitation around Nigerian tents in Mina and the cooperation of the pilgrims in maintaining a healthy environment.
The death toll in the 2016 hajj is the lowest in five years in Nigeria. According to Kana, the low figure was as a result of enhanced sanitation, increased medical awareness and compressed national medical team. NAHCON’s medical team attended to over 21,000 patients since the commencement of the hajj rites and detected five pregnant women despite repeated warnings.