Three Ghanaian Muslim pilgrims have died in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Hajj.
The three made up of two females and a male are likely to be buried in Saudi Arabia after their families in Ghana were informed, Hajia Marian Cissey, Deputy Communications Director for Hajj Board told Neat FM.
The two women reportedly died in their sleep while the man is reported to have died at a medical facility in the Holy land.
Marian Cissey also disclosed that another Ghanaian has been admitted at a medical facility in Mecca.
Ghana sent a total of 6350 pilgrims to partake in this year’s pilgrimage.
Marian Cissey also confirmed reports that some Ghanaians were sleeping under bridges for lack of accommodation in Saudi Arabia but added that the Saudi Arabian authorities must be blamed for the development.
According to her, the Hajj Board was only informed that the quota for all countries including Ghana had been cut down two days before they were set to move to Mina. She said the Saudi Arabian authorities attributed the reduction in the quota to countries to the overwhelming interest in this year’s Hajj.
“Infact this generated a heated argument, because we told them we signed an agreement and we were sending 6200 but they agreed to provide us with tents that will accommodate the number but they explained the situation was not peculiar to only Ghana and every country was affected. Some were short by 100, others 200, 300 so we had to manage.”