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Coronavirus: Why Nigerian Govt Did Not Isolate Every Traveller – Minister

The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, at a press convention in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

The Nigerian authorities has defined why it isn’t isolating travellers coming into the nation.

Briefing reporters on Friday in Abuja, the Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, attributed the federal government’s motion to the advice of the World Well being Organisation (WHO).

He gave the briefing in firm with the Minister of State for Well being, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and prime officers of the Federal Ministry of Well being, following the outbreak of coronavirus in Lagos.

“The question of quarantine; the World Health Organisation advises everybody, all countries that there is no need to put every single traveller into quarantine,” the minister revealed.

He added, “There are some other countries who choose to do differently but we followed the guidelines of the World Health Organisation which states that ‘screen all persons who are entering your country, take their travel history; if they are coming from a country that has a burden of coronavirus, invite them for further questioning.”

Ehanire famous that the United Nations company beneficial that newly arrived travellers must also be suggested to remain in isolation for 14 days, within the curiosity of their household and family members.

 

He harassed that the federal government has been working very intently with the WHO – the worldwide physique monitoring public well being conditions and safety, in addition to giving well being advisory to varied nations.

The minister revealed that they’ve organised coaching for well being staff on how one can enlighten the general public and forestall themselves from getting contaminated when treating coronavirus sufferers.

He acknowledged that they had been stepping up efforts on the worldwide airports as preventive measures have been taken even earlier than the primary case was recorded within the nation.

The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Minister of State for Well being, Olorunnimbe Mamora, and others at a press convention in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Ehanire mentioned, “Our focus is on the 4 cities with worldwide airports – Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano; the Enugu Airport has been closed and I perceive will probably be opened very quickly.

“The WHO warned only a day earlier than that each one international locations ought to brace themselves for attainable unfold of coronavirus into their states and since then, we now have continued beefing up our personal safety.”

“The second factor that they mentioned is that coronavirus signs could not manifest with the primary a number of days; the one that will get contaminated could not present any indicators inside the first few days (three to 5 days).

“So, the gentleman who got here right here apparently could have gotten contaminated on the level however walked by the screening with no signs and by the point he bought to his home, he began to really feel unwell,” he confirmed.

The minister defined that the affected person examined adverse for malaria on the hospital after which the officers contacted the suitable authorities, having recognized his historical past.

He added that the Italian was referred to the testing centre on the Lagos College Instructing Hospital (LUTH) the place he examined constructive to coronavirus.

The Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Minister of State for Well being, Olorunnimbe Mamora, at a press convention in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Ehanire famous that the affected person had been remoted from the referral hospital in a particular ambulance the place the motive force was well-kitted.

He, nevertheless, refused to reveal the identification of the affected person and the corporate he works with, saying that might be executed primarily based on searching for their permission.

The minister harassed that the case recorded was not on account of failed screening, stressing that the method went properly with none glitch.

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