By Chinelo Obogo
 
 A 30-year-old Nigerian pilgrim has given birth to a  baby boy at a hospital in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
 
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the pilgrim arrived at the hospital’s emergency room after experiencing labour pains at 31 weeks of the pregnancy and the emergency team transferred her to the maternity ward, where she gave birth to the  baby boy. According to the Saudi Gazzet, this marks the first birth by a Pilgrim during the 2024 Hajj Season.
 
Reacting to the report, the Head of the NAHCON’s Medical Mission for 2024 Hajj in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Abubakar Ismail, confirmed that the female pilgrim is from Borno State and that the National Medical Team has received a report from the Borno State Medical Team saying the woman evaded the mandatory medical screening in Nigeria.
 
Despite the subsisting policy of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria which restricts pregnant Women from traveling for hajj, the cases of delivery during the annual pilgrimage season by the Nigerian pilgrims have persisted.

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