The Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana in Saudi Arabia in a press statement has announced the death of one pilgrim Alhaji Alhassan Kuku.
In a press statement signed by Deputy Communications Director, Mohammed Amin Lamptey “PAOG expresses deepest heartfelt (regret) for the death of a Pilgrim but at the same time extends condolences to the family members back in Ghana for the loss of a dear one. May Allah sympathize with him and grant him Jannat Firdaws (The highest Paradise).”
Below is the press statement:
GHANA RECORDS FIRST CASUALTY
The Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG) on a sad note wishes to announce the death of a 70 year old Alhaji Alhassan Kuku who was part of Ghanaian Pilgrims who were in Arafah last Sunday and safely returned back to Ghana camp in Mina.
According to our head of Medical Team, Dr.Abdul Samad Suleman, cause of death is unknown because the late Alhaji Kuku was brought to the Ghana Clinic in Mina already dead but he suspected hypoglycaemia as the cause of death.
“He collapsed suddenly and unfortunately eye witness did not rush him to the clinic on time. When we saw him, he had cold extremities, no cardiopulmonary activities and was clinically dead”- Dr.Suleman stated.
The death which occurred on Tuesday September 13, went through the normal burial procedure and the body was successfully buried in Makkah around 7pm Saudi Arabia time just after Magrib prayers.
The Late Alhaji Kuku came to perform Hajj this year with three male relatives including a nephew from Zabarama Line, a suburb of Accra.
Alhaji Manaf, the CEO of Ansarr Hajj Agency who facilitated the travelling processes of the late Alhaji Kuku duly informed family members and appointed one of them among those here in Makkah for the burial activities.
Since the beginning of this year’s Hajj pilgrimage couple of days ago, Ghana has just recorded the first casualty.
Mohammed Amin Lamptey
Deputy Communications Director