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Kano may reject hajj deposits without COVID-19 vaccine certificate

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National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)

Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has declared that, henceforth, intending pilgrims must provide evidence of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccination, or their deposits may be rejected.

Addressing journalists on the development yesterday, executive secretary of the board, Alh. Abba Danbatta, revealed that the board had inoculated 4,700 contingents across its 16 centres.

Abba explained that fresh depositors should take the shots from other sources in the state before raising their draft, to avoid missing the working plan of the board.

According to him, the board has been assured of adequate provision for the second jab for the 4,700, urging interested depositors to source for alternative means to facilitate their chances.

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Earlier, Abba had told newsmen that Kano had taken over the newly constructed health centre from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the benefit of Kano pilgrims.

The facility, being funded through Hajj Development Levy Project, is primarily dedicated to pilgrims’ healthcare delivery during the hajj season.

Abba posited that the state government had approved procurement of critical medical facilities, including ambulance, to enhance quality healthcare.

His words: “I am sure you are aware of the Hajj Development Levy Project, anchored by NAHCON. These projects are spread across states of the federation. In Kano, we have clinic and hospitality centre. The healthcare centre is completed and has been handed over to Kano government through the pilgrims’ welfare board. What is left now is to equip the facility and make it operational.

“Now, we are glad to inform you that the state government, under Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has approved procurement of all the medical facilities we requested.

“With this facility on the ground before the hajj season, intending pilgrims will be able to undergo all examinations and diagnosed properly. By so doing, we would be able to identify pilgrims with peculiar illness(es) and make adequate provision for their welfare in the holy land.”

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