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Ministers synergize to halt importation of coronavirus into Nigeria

The minister of Aviation in collaboration with the ministers of Health, Information and Culture as well as Humanitarian Disaster and Social Development on Tuesday set plans to halt the entry of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

After inspecting facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja to check preparedness against s possible importation of the virus in the country, the ministries revealed that Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN was working closely with Port Health, Agriculture Quarantine, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Services and other stakeholders including ground handlers.

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Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, revealed that the Port Health Emergency Contingency Plan ( PHECP) which was designed to detect, prevent and respond to any infectious diseases and outbreak has been effected.

“We have entry screening for arriving passed for all flights by Port Health Services using the temperature scanners, we are also collecting travel history information and carrying out physical observation of all incoming passengers,” he was quoted to have said in a statement circulated by James Odaudu, Director Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation in Abuja.

Sirika said authorities are also focusing on early recognition and isolation of suspected passengers with facilities to transport them to designated hospitals and trace those that have had contact with them.”

“We also have a designated conducive holding area for Port Health Services in case of suspected cases on any aircraft,” he assured.

The aviation minister, however, sought the cooperation of relevant agencies and individuals for successful implementation of strategies and activities that would mitigate the entry and spread of the disease into Nigeria.


By Gift Wada Abuja

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