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The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has approved seven general hospitals for this year’s hajj medical screening exercise.

This was disclosed recently by the Executive Secretary of the Board Mr. Okoya Muftau at a meeting held recently in the conference room of the Board while addressing the staff on issues relating to this year medical screening.

According to him, the seven approved General Hospitals are: Lagos Island General Hospital, Odan; Maternal & Child Care Centre, Amuwo; Gbagada General Hospital, Gbagada; Badagry General Hospital, Badagry; Epe General Hospital, Epe; Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu and Ifako Ijaiye General Hospital.

The medical screening according to him is to ensure that intending pilgrims are physically and mentally fit for this year’s Hajj exercise and to guard against any unforeseen circumstances that might debar the pilgrims from carrying out the fundamental Hajj rites. He reiterated that pilgrims need to be physically fit to avoid any hindrance which may stop them from performing the compulsory hajj rites according to the teachings of the Holy prophet Muhammed (S.A.W) and the basic tenets of Islam.

The Executive Secretary advised the pilgrims on all the steps they need to take in order to achieve the expected result before conducting the test while explaining that they will not eat or drink before going for the test so as not to distort the outcome of the result.

He also hinted that the Lagos State Government is making frantic efforts to ensure a hitch free and fulfilling Hajj experience. He urged intending pilgrims to seek clarification on the medical screening exercise at the Public Affairs Unit of the Board

Mr. Okoya cautioned the entire staff to always project the image of the Lagos State Government at all times and treat the intending pilgrims with utmost respect and sincerity as they are the ones putting food on our tables. “Without them the Board has no reason for existence”, he added.

Speaking further, he urged the staff to work tirelessly to inculcate the right attitude in the pilgrims as expected of them before, during and after hajj. He also informed them of the proposed visit of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN) to the 18 Hajj Coordinating Zones which covers the 20 local governments and the 37 local Council development areas.

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