NAHCON meets leadership of National Medical Team on harmonized guidelines

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By Mariam Zubair Abubakar
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) converged the leadership of the National Medical Team and representatives of States Pilgrims Welfare Boards of the Federation to review and adopt harmonized guidelines for the National Medical Team at Hajj House, the commissions headquarters on Tuesday the 18th of May, 2021.
The Commissioner of Planning, Research, Statistics and Library Services, Sheikh Sulaiman Momoh, stated in his opening remarks as Chairman of the meeting that the commission is particular about the health issues of the pilgrims with regard to the pandemic which has pulled the whole world down. He therefore demanded the SPWB and the NMT to work in tandem to explore all options that will ensure NAHCON achieves the goal of providing necessary health aid to the Nigerian pilgrim in the face of emerging challenges.
The Commissioner PRSILS also requested the NMT leadership to advise the commission on when it should procure Drugs and Consumables for Onshore and Offshore as they should be readily available since Hajj is hopefully around the corner. The Commissioner reiterated that rules, regulations and policies are good when they add value to set conditions, therefore the team should be flexible on how we can assist the pilgrims, depending on what we will meet on ground at arrival.
Alhaji R O Abdulsalam, head of the committee for reviewing and harmonizing of the National Medical Team guidelines said that they have done all necessary reviews and came up with resolutions for deliberation by stakeholders. The ultimate aim is to lead to smooth implementation and adoption of the harmonized guidelines.
Director FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Danmallam, made a case for environmental Health workers who will now form part of the team. He explained that among the conditions they should fulfill include registering with the West African Health Examination Board (WAHEB). Director Danmallam added that the main role of the environmental health workers should be environmental inspections of the Pilgrims accommodation.
Others who made contributions during the meeting include the Director Finance and Accounts Alhaji Babagana Kaigama who informed that the commission has adequate provision for procurement of both onshore and offshore drugs, and have provided adequate provision for the team as well.
Present at the meeting were Alhaji Abubakar S.Pawa Dembo, Alhaji Idris Almakura, Alhaji Muhammed Nasiru Danmallam, Dr. Usman Galadima, Dr. Salanke, Dr. Ibrahim Maikore, Hajiya Wafiyyah Mustapha, and other committee members.
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