Hajj 2022: NAHCON releases medical guidelines and screening for national medical team
The principal officers of the National Medical Team for this year’s Hajj were inaugurated on May 12, 2022. The officers were charged with the responsibility of shortlisting qualified medical personnel for the 2022 Hajj operations. he team is Dr. Usman Galadima from the Federal Ministry of Health. Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, who is the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), inaugurated the 15-man team in the assembly hall of NAHCON Hajj House on Thursday. The event was followed today, Tuesday, May 17, by the selection and orientation of eligible candidates for the 2022 National Medical Team (NMT).
Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, Commissioner for Planning, Research, Statistics and Library Studies (PRSLS) of NAHCON, will lead the national medical team as chairman while pharmacist Zainab Ujudud Sheriff is the team coordinator .
During the opening ceremony today for the selection exercise, Alhaji Kunle Hassan congratulated the preselected candidates and instructed those who will succeed in distinguishing themselves in the exercise of their responsibilities.
Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, in his welcome address, assured the future members of the NMT of the Commission’s commitment to the success of the team. He therefore enjoined them to make NAHCON and Nigeria proud to be one of the best medical teams in this Hajj season.
Speaking on the occasion, Pharmacist Shariff also congratulated the members for being among the privileged few who would be selected for the Hajj exercise and therefore urged them to provide quality service to the pilgrims they will be engaged to serve. . She called for teamwork among all members, reminding them that the Commission should not compromise on discipline. The Pharmacist Sheriff also urged them to be governed by their medical professional oath.
Meanwhile, as part of COVVI-19 preventive measures and health protocols for the Hajj period, the Saudi Health Ministry, through its Nigeria Embassy in Abuja, published the requirements and directives toilets for the Hajj of 2022.
In the guidelines, the Health Ministry ordered the mandatory use of face masks indoors or outdoors in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj period. It also requires foreign pilgrims to pay for health insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 treatment while in the Kingdom. In addition to exempting people over 65 from accomplishing hajj, high -risk pilgrims, classified as those suffering from serious illnesses such as active cancer or organic impairment, will also be prohibited from participating in the exercise.
Likewise, the directive requires the completion of basic vaccination programs prior to arrival in the Kingdom. These vaccinations Covid-19 vaccination, vaccination against yellow fever, vaccination against meningococcal meningitis received at least 10 days before arrival in the Kingdom: his certificate must indicate the date on which the vaccination was dispensed.
In addition, the ministry requests proof that the polio vaccine was administered at least four weeks prior to arrival in Saudi Arabia and no more than 12 months ago. Notwithstanding evidence of polio vaccination, travelers from countries with known cases of wild polio would be given a dose of bOPV at the point of entry (the droplets Nigerians typically receive upon arrival in Saudi Arabia) , indicates the directive.
In addition to the presentation of a negative test result at the COVVI-19 carried out 72 hours before arrival in the kingdom, the medical team is required to provide isolation centers in local clinics in Nigeria.
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