Haj pilgrims to undergo swine flu tests

Lucknow: In the wake of large number of H1N1 infection in Uttar Pradesh, pilgrims going for Haj will have to undergo tests for swine flu, a Haj Committee official said here.

"On the directives of the Central Haj Committee, it has been decided that Haj pilgrims will be tested twice for swine flu," UP State Haj Committee secretary M A A Khan said.

"While first test will be done during training, another one will be carried out at the airport,."

First test will be done during training and vaccination programme held in the districts, he said, adding the Haj pilgrims will be required to obtain a swine flu test certificate.

Khan said directives were being issued to chief medical officers of all the district in this regard.

He said May 31 was fixed as the last date of submitting applications.

"Applications of Haj pilgrims who have not submitted their passports today despite repeated appeals will be cancelled," he said.

The secretary said the last date of submitting passports will not be extended further.

Bureau Report