Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage that takes the faithful along a path traversed by the Prophet Muhammad some 1,400 years ago. (image courtesy: AFP)

Nine Nigerian pilgrims for the 2019 hajj in Saudi Arabia have died, the Chairman, Medical team of the National Commission of Nigeria ( NAHCON), Dr Ibrahim Kana, has said.

“The deceased, a Lagos State pilgrim, collapsed at Jamrat and brought to the hospital in Muna but died, she was hypertensive,” Kana told newsmen in Muna.

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Kana, who said that well trained medical personnel were on ground to attend to pilgrims, identified cough and hypertension as some of the health challenges presented by patients.

Pilgrims who spent three days to accomplish religious rites in Muna were expected to move to the Grand Mosque, Makkah, on Tuesday to complete the remaining rites to ensure an acceptable hajj.

August 17, according to sources close to NAHCON, is when Nigerian pilgrims would begin their journey back home.