The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, has directed intending female pilgrims from the state to undergo pregnancy test commencing on Monday.
The Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi made the statement on Monday in Kano in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The pregnancy test he said, was in compliance with the directive of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
He said any female pilgrim who fails to undergo the test would be disqualified.
“We expect each female pilgrim to attend the screening at the Hajj camp within the stipulated time or risk losing the Hajj seats,” he said.
Mr. Badamasi also reminded all intending pilgrims (female and male) to ensure they are immunized against cerebro-spinal-meningitis (CSM), yellow fever and other diseases.
“We have designated Sheik Jidda General Hospital, Yankura, Croda as the designated facility for the immunization,’’ he said, and urged the prospective pilgrims to ensure that they are immunised within 10 days.
NAN reports that no fewer than 5, 600 intending pilgrims are expected to perform the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.