The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board has directed all intending female pilgrims from the state to undergo pregnancy test which commenced on Monday.
The directive was contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the board, Alhaji Nuhu Badamasi, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to Badamasi, the pregnancy test was in compliance with the directive of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The PRO stressed that any female pilgrim who fails to undergo the test would be disqualified.
“We expect each female pilgrim to attend the screening at the Hajj camp within the stipulated time or risk losing the Hajj seats,” he said.
Mr. Badamasi also reminded all intending pilgrims (female and male) to ensure they are immunized against cerebro-spinal-meningitis (CSM), yellow fever and other diseases.
“We have designated Sheik Jidda General Hospital, Yankura, Croda as the designated facility for the immunization,’’ he said, and urged the prospective pilgrims to ensure that they are immunised within 10 days.
NAN reports that no fewer than 5, 600 intending pilgrims are expected to perform the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.