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Hajj: NPHCDA presents medical drugs to NAHCON for pilgrims’ well-being



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To ensure the health and well-being of Nigerian pilgrims during this year’s Hajj exercise, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), has presented a consignment of essential drugs to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The consignment, which include a wide range of medications like anti-malarial drugs, antibiotics, pain relievers, anti-diarrheal, vitamins and supplements, chronic disease medications for hypertension and diabetes, first aid supplies, influenza vaccines, etc, are intended to cater for the various health needs of the pilgrims, providing them with immediate and effective medical care as needed.

Receiving the consignment on behalf of the commission and the pilgrims during a handover ceremony at the NPHCDA headquarters in Abuja, NAHCON chairman/CEO, Malam Jalal Arabi, commended the Director General of the agency, Dr. Muyi Aina, his management and staff for the noble gesture.

Arabi, according to a statement by Sani Shafii Muhammad of NAHCON’s Information and Publications Division, particularly thanked President Bola Tinubu for appointing Prof. Ali Pate as the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and Aina as the NPHCDA boss, describing them as round pegs in round holes.

“Let me, from the outset, thank the overall boss, who is the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who found you worthy, not only as the Coordinating Minister, but also as the head of this all-important agency. And of course, to the Coordinating Minister, our gratitude knows no bounds.”

“People could be opportune to contribute to national development; they could have the opportunity, but utilizing the opportunity again depends on one’s commitment and foresight. To imagine that within a short span of time we made contact, and the Minister triggered the process, and for you and your team to be on your toes to see to its actualization within the shortest possible time is worth commending,” he stressed.

The NAHCON chairman further commended the minister for his service to Nigerian pilgrims and humanity at large throughout the preparation process for the 2024 Hajj exercise.

According to him, the partnership between NAHCON and NPHCDA highlights the proactive measures being taken to ensure that Nigerian pilgrims have a safe and healthy pilgrimage, adding that both agencies have been working closely to implement comprehensive health plans, including pre-departure health screenings, vaccination campaigns, and the provision of on-site medical services in Saudi Arabia.

While reassuring the pilgrims of continuous support and access to quality healthcare throughout the Hajj period, Arabi urged them to adhere to health guidelines and seek help when necessary.

Earlier in his welcome address, the NPHCDA boss disclosed that through the collaborative efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAHCON, and the NPHCDA, a regular supply of travel vaccines, including meningitis and oral polio vaccines, OPV has been successfully deployed to the states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

Aina further stated that the agency carefully sourced the essential drugs, which are important in safeguarding the health and well-being of Nigerian pilgrims, as the drugs “will be a vital resource for our Nigerian pilgrims, offering them timely and essential assistance throughout their sacred journey.”

“As our fellow citizens undertake this physically demanding spiritual exercise, it is our duty to ensure their safety and provide them with the necessary care and support. The Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency are deeply committed to this partnership and cause,” he said.