The Adamawa state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, has said that all its 1,966 intending Muslim pilgrims in the state, must undergo medical screening for communicable diseases, especially the Ebola virus, as it also warned intending pilgrims for the 2014 Hajj exercise to comply with the stipulated directive on excess luggage.
Speaking in Yola yesterday, the executive secretary of the board, Engr.Umar Bobbo explained that the measure is part of safety measures adopted by the National Hajj Commission, as according to him, the board officials have commenced physical and religious knowledge screening of intending pilgrims, saying that those who lack Islamic
knowledge will not be allowed to attend this year’s Hajj.
Engr. Bobbo, explained that the board will not allow single females and pregnant women to attend Hajj in line with the resolve of National Hajj Commission.
He said that Adamawa State Pilgrims Board was allotted 1,966 slots for the 2014 pilgrimage, attributing it to the ongoing renovation of the Central Mosques in Mecca.
The Executive Secretary also said that there was a 20 per cent reduction in intending pilgrims nationwide following an order from the Saudi Arabian authority.
He also cautioned the intending pilgrims against carrying drugs to the Holy Land, saying anyone detected would not be treated lightly by the Saudi authorities.
The pilgrims’ official, admonished those performing the Hajj this year to be cautious, adding, “It is only the medical expert that would prescribe to you (intending pilgrims) which drugs to go with, and such drugs must be duly approved.”
He stated that pilgrims who carried excess luggage would not be airlifted, explaining that pilgrims are required to carry 32 kilograms for main luggage and eight kilograms for hand luggage.
Our correspondent reports that, various activities of the pilgrimage exercise, including a practical demonstration of some important aspects of the exercise are being carried-out.