The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board is to commence the screening of its pilgrims for the 2015 Hajj on Monday, July 6.

The Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Saturday, that the screening would be conducted at the headquarters of the 44 local government areas of the state.HAJJ-MECCA

According to him, the exercise is aimed at ensuring that the pilgrims are screened physically to ascertain their health status.

‘’If during the screening exercise a pilgrim is found to have one health challenge or the other, the officials will advise him or her to go and see a doctor for medical advice’’, Badamasi said.

He said the exercise would be used to stress the importance of having a male guide for any female pilgrims performing the Hajj.

‘’The screening is very important because old persons wishing to perform the Hajj must also be accompanied by somebody especially their relations.

‘’So during the screening, all these issues will have to be resolved in order to ensure that intending pilgrims do not encounter any problem in the Holy land,” Badamasi said.

NAN reports that a total of 5,537 pilgrims from Kano state are expected to perform the 2015 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.(NAN).

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