Nigerian Pilgrim Gives Birth in Mecca During Hajj

A Nigerian pilgrim has given birth to a baby boy in Mecca during the 2024 Hajj season, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). The 30-year-old woman was admitted to a Saudi hospital’s emergency room at 31 weeks pregnant, experiencing labor pains.

Medical personnel promptly transferred her to the maternity ward, where she delivered her son naturally. The baby, named Mohammad, is receiving specialized care due to his premature birth, while the mother recuperates.

This event marks the first birth by a pilgrim during this year’s Hajj, as reported by the Saudi Gazette. Dr. Abubakar Ismail, who leads the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria‚Äôs (NAHCON) Medical Mission in Saudi Arabia, confirmed that the mother hails from Borno State. He revealed that she had avoided the mandatory medical screening in Nigeria before traveling for Hajj.

NAHCON enforces a policy that restricts pregnant women from undertaking the pilgrimage, but violations persist. In 2023, seventy-five pregnant Nigerian women bypassed the guidelines, resulting in numerous medical issues caused by the strenuous conditions and high temperatures.

Dr. Ismail stressed the ongoing challenge of pregnant women traveling for Hajj despite the risks involved. NAHCON continues to underscore the necessity of adhering to medical recommendations to safeguard the health and well-being of all pilgrims.

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