Following reports that Chinese nationals who travelled to China for the Chinese Lunar New Year, holiday will soon be returning to the country (Nigeria), there is growing panic among Nigerians over a possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.
Dr Ehanire (Minister of State for Health), while giving a new travel advisory yesterday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, also advised all airlines to report any case of a passenger falling sick on-board before the plane landed. The federal government is also putting measures in place to prevent an outbreak in the country. The Federal Ministry of Health through its Port Health Services department has commenced measures at international points of entry such as airports, seaports and land borders to forestall importation of the coronavirus to Nigeria.
The ministry has also set up a multi-sectoral committee to scale up surveillance and vigilance to detect suspicious cases and ensure containment at all points. The committee shall comprise of critical stakeholders in the health, security, aviation and transport sectors and also include Development Partners.
As part of the plan to prevent the spread of the virus, the Chines government have perfected plans to screen passengers traveling from Wuhan, China on exit to prevent the exportation of the virus and that the centre was coordinating a multi-sectoral technical group that is assessing and managing the risk of importation to Nigeria, as well as making preparations for early detection and response.
NCDC also advised travelers from China who show no symptoms on arrival, but who have a fever and cough within 14 days of arrival in Nigeria, to report immediately to NCDC on 0800-970000-10.
The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) has also created various channels for reporting the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV). Dr Gozie Nwodo, the agency’s head of Media, Communications and Strategies, said the organsiation was collaborating with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to ensure that there is no gap or breach on the veterinary quarantine front at the airports. “ Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has also advised Nigerians living in China to stay indoors to avoid contracting the disease.
She said in a statement that the Nigerian mission in Beijing is in touch with Nigerians in Wuhan, adding that the warning became imperative as medical experts said there was no specific medication or vaccine so far for the coronavirus. Daily Trust reports that heightened screening continued yesterday at the nation’s international airports to prevent the outbreak of the virus in the country. Since the outbreak of the virus, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had activated the screening facilities deployed to contain the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) three years ago. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and senior officials in the ministry were at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), International arrivals yesterday evening where he directed that hand sanitizers should be increased in the airports and that all arriving passengers should clean up their hands. The Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in a speech on Wednesday called on Nigerians to assist the efforts of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by taking basic sanitary precautions. “Avoid self-medication, avoid panic and report to the nearest medical facility if you or anyone you know has travelled to the affected regions within the last fourteen days,” Gbajabiamila urged.
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