The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health has given 300 units of malaria test kits to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, in Makkah with a view to boosting healthcare services for Nigerian pilgrims currently on holy pilgrimage.

Representatives of the Ministry, Dr. Yahya and Dr. Bandar, made the donation on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government during their courtesy visit to NAHCON’s main clinic at Misfala Kudai, Al-Musafireen Hotel, Makkah.

Head of Nigeria’s Medical Mission for the 2024 Hajj season, Dr. Abubakar Isma’eel, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the NAHCON’s Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Hajia Fatima Sanda Usara, received the donation on behalf of the Commission’s chairman, Malam Jalal Arabi.

The statement explained that the visit followed the recognition of NAHCON clinics as highly responsible and professional.

“This confidence reposed in the commission’s primary healthcare system was created by responsible synergy between NAHCON’s health workforce and those of the Saudi MoH via a two-way communication/action strategy.

“If NAHCON clinics refer serious cases to any of the Saudi hospitals, they stabilize the patients, then return them to NAHCON clinics for continued clinical observation.

“This reduces the bed occupancy at Saudi hospitals.

“Sharing of original malaria test kits with NAHCON clinics to facilitate early diagnosis for prompt treatment indicates the level of earned confidence of the Kingdom’s Health Ministry by the NAHCON health facilities,” the statement said.

It would be recalled that the Saudi Arabian government on June 2 approved two main clinics for NAHCON at Masfala/Kudai and Shari’e Al-Mansour areas for healthcare services for pilgrims in Makkah in the meantime.

In another development, the statement disclosed that NAHCON’s Commissioner of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, PPMF, Prince Aliu AbdulRazak, witnessed the 2024 Hajj airlift from the South-South region on Tuesday.

The Rivers State governor, Siminalayi Fubara, bade the state contingents farewell at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Fubara, who supported each of the pilgrims with a cash donation of US$300 to alleviate the foreign exchange shortfall from their Basic Travel Allowance, BTA, admonished them to be law abiding and to pray for the state as well as for Nigeria.

The statement quoted the NAHCON chairman, Malam Jalal Ahmad Arabi, as having expressed satisfaction with the malaria test kits and the governor’s gesture to the pilgrims.