The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board will on Saturday, Aug. 24 begin the screening of intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj Mohammed Lawal, the Public Relations Officer of the board, who disclosed this on Thursday in an interview in Abuja, said the first phase of the exercise would involve women, to determine their health condition.
He said the screening was aimed at preventing pregnant women from performing the Hajj.
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria directed state pilgrims welfare boards to ensure that pregnant women are not allowed to perform the Hajj.
Lawal explained that the ban was to ensure the safety of such women and their unborn children.
“Pregnant women remain banned from performing hajj in order to protect them from the hazardous effect of the exercise.
“Nobody is saying that pregnant women should not perform hajj, but it is medically not advisable for them to do so because of the physical movements involved”.
Lawal said the board was working hard to ensure that pregnant women were professionally screened