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Coronavirus: Passengers from Spain, Germany, France to bear rigorous screening

From Moses Emorinken, Abuja

Passengers from Spain, Germany and France are to bear secondary screening at Nigeria’s ports of entry self-isolate for 14 days, the Federal Government has mentioned.

These have been components of the measures put in place by the federal government due to the high-index and widespread neighborhood transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in these international locations.

Currently, Spain has the fourth highest variety of confirmed circumstances of the virus at 9,428 and a complete loss of life of 335 folks. Germany and France have confirmed circumstances of 6,924 and 5,423 respectively, with 14 and 127 deaths recorded.

The Federal Government had earlier positioned passengers coming into the nation from China, Japan, Iran, Italy and Republic of Korea on the ‘screening watch-list’ earlier than it added Germany, Spain and France to the checklist.

Speaking on the each day briefing in Abuja yesterday, the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Adeleke Mamora, defined that Nigeria needed to assessment its case definition following the declaration of COVID-19 as pandemic and it growing unfold throughout international locations.

Mamora mentioned: “Despite the truth that we’ve got not recorded the confirmed COVID-19 case within the final one week in Nigeria, it is very important keep in mind that we’re nonetheless at excessive danger like different international locations. We proceed to watch returning vacationers that match our case definition and enhance our surveillance, detection and danger communications.

“Following the declaration of a pandemic and growing unfold in international locations, we carried out a assessment of our case definition. We have added three new international locations to the present checklist of 5 high-risk international locations with widespread neighborhood transmission. These are – France, Germany and Spain. Therefore, eight international locations are in our precedence lists that are – China, Japan, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, France and Germany.

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

”Between the seventh of January and 15th of March 2020, a complete of 48 individuals who met our case definition have been screened for COVID-19 in eight states – Edo, Lagos, Ogun, FCT, Yobe, Rivers, Kano and Enugu. Out of which 47 examined damaging and have been cleared. One was optimistic (contact of the index case) and one result’s pending. There have been no deaths.

“The index case is clinically secure and has improved vastly. We sit up for progress early this week, to information the medical crew in discharging him.

“The multi-sectoral Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Led by NCDC continues to coordinate nationwide response actions.

“NCDC has developed steerage for mass gatherings. We haven’t suggested in opposition to any closures or cancellations of enormous occasions. However, organizers should be sure that applicable measures are in place similar to temperature scanners, hand washing services and many others.

“In Interim case administration guideline has been developed and disseminated to well being staff. We are coaching well being staff from all states, in levels. This has been accomplished in Lagos and Ogun.

“Citizens are advised to discourage the spread of misinformation that causes fear and panic. This continues to increase. Please only rely on information shared through the official channels of the Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC or State Ministry of Health”.

On the suspected case of the coronavirus in Enugu state, Mamora mentioned: “In Enugu, a lady in her seventies returned from the UK and had signs of fever and delicate respiratory sickness.

“Her sample was collected for laboratory diagnosis and tested negative for COVID-19. Therefore, as at 15th of March 2020, Nigeria has recorded two confirmed cases of COVID-19. One case is now negative and has been discharged from the hospital”.

The minister admonished Nigerians to steer clear from misinformation and disinformation, explaining that “claims that the COVID-19 is resistant to Africa blood is not true”.

He additionally suggested Nigerians to embrace the cashless coverage launched by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) because the virus may very well be contracted via forex notes cash and handsets.

“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 ‘knowns and unknowns’ about the virus. Prevention is better than cure and obedience is better than sacrifice,” he mentioned.

Mamora suggested that handsets needs to be wiped as a lot as doable and that folks shouldn’t be uninterested in washing their fingers often.

As at March 13, no fewer than 132, 000 circumstances of COVID-19 had been reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported from 123 international locations and territories.

According to WHO, 5,000 folks have misplaced their lives to the virus.

The Director-General, Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, mentioned: “We are working across the board from port surveillance to testing in our laboratories and we are improving on our testing capacity daily. New guidelines are being developed and updated so we need the media to be part of the response, because it is a collective responsibility.”

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