COVID-19: FG reduces arrivals to 2 worldwide airports as instances rise to 12
The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has introduced the discount of arrivals from 4 to 2 worldwide airports for efficient monitoring and surveillance, to stop the unfold of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The two airports are Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at a information convention on Friday in Abuja.
Ehanire mentioned for higher management of latest arrivals; worldwide travels to Nigeria had briefly been restricted to the 2 worldwide airports.
“Other airports shall be closed to worldwide site visitors however open to home site visitors; this resolution might be reviewed because the state of affairs calls for.
“Travelers from all international locations shall be requested to self- isolate for 14 days following the rules offered to them; non-compliance put your households and nation in danger,“ he mentioned.
The minister, nevertheless, confirmed 4 new instances of COVID-19 in Lagos, bringing the entire variety of instances to 12.
“On March, 19, 4 extra instances of COVID 19 had been confirmed in Lagos, this brings the entire variety of confirmed instances in Nigeria to 12.
“Of the 12 confirmed instances, 9 had been reported in Lagos, two in Ogun state and one in Ekiti,’’ he mentioned.
According to him, Nigeria is experiencing an inflow of imported COVID-19 by travellers.
He emphasised on self–isolation for no less than 14 days for the travellers coming into the nation, even once they had been feeling very properly.
“Eight of the 12 instances are travellers from Italy, U.S., UK and France; three of the instances, nevertheless, are contacts of the index.
“ One case confirmed yesterday doesn’t have travelling historical past, stands out as the case should have met with international guests.
“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), is working carefully with Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti to hold contact tracing of the confirmed instances.
“I emphasise that contact tracing is extremely important.”
Ehanire mentioned following the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and improve in recorded instances, the Federal authorities had continued to enhance on its detective measures.
“Our technique is to detect and isolate new instances to interrupt and cease the unfold of the virus.
“To this finish, we’ve scaled up our response effort, and to scale back the unfold, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has positioned a restriction on travellers from 14 high-risk international locations.
“The Federal Government will prohibit entry into Nigeria of individuals from listed excessive burden international locations with impact from Friday, March 20, for a interval of 4 weeks,’’ he mentioned.
Giving an replace on the index case, the minister mentioned the affected person was secure and had improved significantly, saying; “the primary adverse take a look at was recorded yesterday, we are going to discharge him if his subsequent take a look at is adverse.
“Therefore as at March, 20, Nigeria has recorded 12 confirmed instances of COVID-19; one case has been discharged from the hospital, the opposite instances are gentle and secure.
“Contact tracing is ongoing to hint those who have had contact with confirmed instances and it’s estimated that they’re about 1,300 and they’re going to be traced, “he mentioned.
Responding to questions on whether or not Nigeria will undertake using Chloroquine to deal with COVID-19 sufferers as permitted by the U.S, Ehanire mentioned the nation would seek the advice of and observe the recommendation from Nigerian specialists.
He mentioned the Federal Government would improve the present 5 laboratories to spice up testing of the virus within the nation.