(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Nigerian government decided to ban pregnant women from performing the duty of pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year. It also decided to intensify medical screening of pilgrims, especially women to make sure that they are not pregnant.
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Muhammad Bello, said earlier in press statements in Abuja that the commission is cooperating with the Ministry of Health to screen and avail each pilgrim with his or her medical history and certified status appended by the doctor that carried out the screening on that person and that are required in the Holy Land.
Bello added: “Doctors' signatures have become imperative so that if any woman is discovered to be pregnant at Saudi Arabia during the 2012 Hajj; the doctor concerned would be sanctioned.” He emphasized at the same time that any woman who refuses to be examined by the doctors to make sure that she is not pregnant will be banned from traveling.”
It is worth mentioning that around 100 thousand Nigerians from the overall 170 million population of Nigeria travel to KSA yearly to perform the Hajj duty.