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Ghanaian Hajj pilgrims enjoy medical screening in Mecca ahead of rites

A team of medical personnel have begun screening Ghanaian Muslims participating in this year’s Hajj ahead of the commencement of the holy religious rites.

The team, which is under the Ghana Hajj Board, has been visiting the pilgrims in their hotel rooms to screen them of various diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Persons with such diseases are being diagnosed and given treatment ahead of the rites beginning August 19.

Hajj and Umrah is a physical activity that requires a lot of stamina and endurance and pilgrims across the world are expected to be physical fit for this holy exercise.

The Head of the Ghana medical team, Dr Seidu Zakaria told 3news.com that they were concerned about the medical condition of pilgrims and their welfare, noting these are highly placed in the operations of the Hajj Board.

In view of that, he said, a lot of resources have gone into the medical unit, adding they increased medical consumables this year.

Meanwhile he has advised prospective pilgrims and their families to always go for medical check ups prior to Hajj and Umrah in order go a long way in reducing the work load of the medical team.

Some Ghanaian pilgrims mostly women applauded the efforts of the medical team and the Ghana Hajj board for providing their health needs at this year’s Hajj.

By Tanko Mohammed Rabiu|3news.com|Ghana

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