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Hajj 2024: Saudi Arabia govt gives malaria test kits to Nigerian pilgrims

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The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has given 300 units of malaria test kits to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, in Makkah with a view to boosting the healthcare services for Nigerian pilgrims currently on holy pilgrimage.

This presentation was done by the representative of the ministry Dr Yahya and Dr Bandar, who made the donation on behalf of the Saudi Arabia government during their courtesy visit to NAHCON’s main clinic at Misfala Kudai, Al-Musafireen Hotel, Makkah.

Head of Nigeria’s Medical Mission for 2024 Hajj season, Dr Abubakar Isma’eel, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the NAHCON’s Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, received the donation on behalf of the Commission’s chairman, Malam Jalal Arabi.

The statement explained that the visit followed recognition of NAHCON clinics as highly responsible and professional.

“This confidence reposed in the commission’s primary healthcare system was created by responsible synergy between NAHCON’s health workforce and those of the Saudi MoH via a two-way communication/action strategy.

“If NAHCON clinics refer serious cases to any of the Saudi hospitals, they stabilize the patients, then return them to NAHCON clinics for continued clinical observation.

“This reduces the bed occupancy at Saudi hospitals.

“Sharing of original malaria test kits with NAHCON clinics to facilitate early diagnosis for prompt treatment indicates the level of earned confidence of the Kingdom’s Health Ministry by the NAHCON health facilities,” the statement said.

It would be recalled that the Saudi Arabia government had on June 2 approved two main clinics for NAHCON at Masfala/Kudai and Shari’e Al-Mansour areas for healthcare services for pilgrims in Makkah for the meantime.

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