The Federal Government of Nigeria are putting measures in place for the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus and surveillance at five international airports in the country have been tightened.
The international airports in Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the FCT are under tight surveilance as the Federal Government assures Nigerians of its readiness to prevent the spread of Coronavirus into the country.
According to the minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who disclosed the news on Tuesday in Abuja, the committee will help to scale up surveillance to detect suspicious cases and ensure containment.
“The committee shall comprise of critical stakeholders in the health, security, aviation and transport sectors and also include development partners, bearing in mind that air travellers are more likely carriers of the virus.
“Attention will be given to five international airports to ensure that the point of entries are monitored and the ministry is working to forestall the importation of coronavirus to the country.
“The risk of importation is possible in all countries. However, the ministry wishes to assure all Nigerians that the capacity to detect, access and respond to this and other public health challenges are put in place.”
The minister said that in addition, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had set up coronavirus group and was ready to activate its incident system for coronavirus if any case emerged in Nigeria.
He also urged airlines and the public to call stipulated lines at the airports’ entries to share any information on the virus, and gave the telephone numbers as: 09092996283; 08095553232.