8 November 2012

Nigeria: Hajj Death Toll Hits 36

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Hajj, Saudi Arabia

Common cold has become the top killer infection among Nigerian pilgrims performing this year's Hajj with total death toll now 36.

The Head of the Nigerian Medical Team in Mecca, Dr Sabo Garba, disclosed this to the Sultan of Sokoto and National Amirul Hajj, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar when the royal father visited the Misfallah clinics in Mecca on Tuesday.

He said common cold brings to the clinics daily several hundreds of pilgrims, out of the 95,071 Nigerian pilgrims presently in Mecca.

Garba said that the medical mission had done its best by treating the affected pilgrims who visited its three clinics in Mecca, Jeddah and Medina.

"So far, 13,636 patients have visited our clinics," he said.

Garba said at least 36 pilgrims had died since the beginning of the Hajj operations out of the 95,071 Nigerian pilgrims that are participating in this year's Hajj.

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