Lagos begins inoculation of pilgrims, announces hajj fare
The Lagos State Government has commenced the inoculation exercise organised for intending pilgrims of 2019 hajj exercise.This is even has the state officially announced hajj fare of N1, 554,758.10 for 2019 participants.
Board Secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rahman Ishola, who disclosed these during a meeting in Lagos, explained that the exercise would provide opportunity to vaccinate all intending pilgrims against Polio, Yellow fever and Meningitis as well as providing opportunity for the doctors to give pilgrims accurate prescription after having undergone medical screening at a designated general hospital in the state.
According to the plan, pilgrims from Agege and Ajeromi Ifelodun were inoculated on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 while Alimosho, Amuwo Odofin and Apapa were attended to on Wednesday, 19th June.
Intending pilgrims from Badagry/ Ojo, Epe / Ibeju, Eti-Osa and Ifako-Ijaiye were slated for Thursday, 20th June while Ikeja and Ikorodu are scheduled for today Friday, 21st June. Kosofe and Lagos Island are scheduled for Monday, 23rd June while Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Oshodi- Isolo, Somolu and Surulere are for Tuesday, 24th June.
To conclude the exercise, Ishola further hinted that pilgrims from Board would be attended to on the final day, which is Wednesday, 25th June.
The screening exercise, according to him, is to certify that intending pilgrims are physically and mentally fit for the hajj exercise and to be able to prevent any unusual illnesses that may stop the pilgrims from carrying out the fundamental hajj rites.
He advised the pilgrims to dress in a simple manner to the screening exercise in a way that allow easy administration of the vaccines.
Ishola stated that the Lagos State government is making frantic efforts to ensure a hitch free hajj exercise while advising the staff to represent the state well at home and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and treat the pilgrims with respect and fear of God.
He urged local government coordinators to work tirelessly to inculcate the right attitude in the pilgrims during and after hajj. Ishola disclosed that Wednesday, 3rd July has been fixed for the One-day Seminar which is designed to allow the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu bid the intending pilgrims farewell and to prepare them finally for the holy pilgrimage.
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