Covid-19: FG Mandates Extra Screening for China, Seven Others

In News 2020-03-16 16:02:19
Covid-19: FG Mandates Extra Screening for China, Seven Others
Covid-19: FG Mandates Extra Screening for China, Seven Others


The Federal Government has announced that it will commence secondary screening at point of entry for travellers from China and seven other high-risk countries to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.


Minister of State for Health, Dr Adeleke Mamora stated this on Monday at a news conference in Abuja.


The seven other countries are Japan, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, France, Germany and Spain.


Mamora also revealed that following the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, the Federal Government had to review its case definition. 


“We have added three new countries to the existing list of five high-risk countries with widespread community transmission. Eight countries are on our priority list.”


“Travelers from these eight countries will undertake secondary screening at point of entry and they are also advised to self-isolate for 14 days on entry.”


“Between 7th of January and 15th of March 2020, a total of 48 people who met our case definition have been screened for COVID-19 in eight states, namely Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Federal Capital Territory, Yobe, Rivers, Kano and Enugu. Out of these 48, 47 tested negative and have been cleared. One was positive, that is the contact of the index case and one result is pending.”


Meanwhile, the Minister disclosed that the only confirmed case of Coronavirus in the country is clinically stable and has improved greatly. Adding that they expect improvement in his health which will guide the medical team in discharging him.


Mamora further advised Nigerians to imbibe good hygiene by washing their hands and also to wipe their phones as often as possible.


He said Nigerians should also embrace cashless policy as the virus could be contacted through money or phones.


Mamora then warned against complacency, misinformation and disinformation, saying that it is not true that COVID-19 is resistant to Africa blood.


“A Nigerian doctor based in Italy has just died of the virus in Canada so we should not be ignorant of the fact that there are lots of ‘knows and unknowns’ about the virus. Prevention is better than cure and obedient is better than sacrifice.”


The Minister also revealed that Nigeria would not place a travel restriction on any country in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO).


He added that countries are at liberty to decide whether to place a ban or not based on experience and reality on ground. 


News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)