The Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a travel ban to China and restricts the movement of those coming into Nigeria from the same country as one of the measures to stem the new health challenge, Coronavirus that is spreading across China and other countries.
Speaking to newsmen today, January 29, shortly after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential Villa, Abuja, the nation’s health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said that in view of the trending stories around the Coronavirus, it has become very necessary to issue a travel advisory to Nigerians.
He said that Nigerians and all others from Nigeria, intending to travel to China should delay all their travel plans until further notice, except it is extremely essential for them to do that.
“All persons arriving from China or any country that has a major outbreak is advised, if they have no symptoms at all, to self isolate, meaning that they stay indoors in their homes for at least two weeks and if they develop any symptoms, like cough, catarrh, sneezing, breathing difficulties within this period, to report to the nearest health facility.
“We are also advising all airlines to report any case of a passenger falling sick on-board before the plane lands. “That is a requirement in the agreement. “Nigerian Port Health Services, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control are on alert at our airports and other points of entry.”