Prospective female pilgrims from Sokoto state who are more than three months pregnant will be barred from performing this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca, an official has said.

The Chairman, Sokoto State Pilgrims’ Welfare Agency, Alhaji Muntari Maigona, disclosed this in Sokoto on Wednesday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the agency had commenced medical screening of prospective pilgrims to ensure that women who were more than three months pregnant are not allowed to perform the pilgrimage.

Maigona said the decision was taken after the agency held a meeting recently with hajj officials from the state’s 23 local government areas (LGAs) and other stakeholders.

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“There was an agreement at the meeting that any woman who is more than three months pregnant may face some difficulties during the rigorous exercise.

“The decision was taken to safeguard the lives of pregnant women and their unborn babies,” he said.

The chairman said a medical team would soon travel round the state to conduct the screening.

Maigona added that members of the various sub-committees established by the agency to conduct the 2013 pilgrimage were also going round the 23 LGAs to ensure the success of the exercise.



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