- Surveillance has been strengthened in five international airports across Nigeria
- The minister of health said a committee has been set up in preparation of a possible outbreak of the deadly
- Osagie Ehanire said the committee will ensure that the disease is contained should there be an occurrence
Nigerians across the country have been assured the Federal Government's readiness to strengthen surveillance at five international airports in Nigeria to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister of health Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 28, said the FG will set up an inter-multisectoral committee to scale up surveillance and vigilance in these airports.
The five international airports are in Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Ehanire said the new committee which would be set up will scale up the surveillance process at the airports to detect any suspicious cases of the deadly disease.
He also said the responsibility of the committee will also include ensuring that the disease is contained should there be an occurrence.
Ehanire said: “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."
According to the minister, attention is being given to the five international airports to ensure that the point of entries is monitored.
He also assured that the ministry of health is working effortlessly 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," Ehanire said.
Further urging passengers to comply with protocol, Ehanire advised the public to report anyone took ill or looked ill on board to be reported by authorities.
The minister also called on passenger airlines and the public to call designated lines at the airports’ entries to share any information on the virus.
He also made public the telephone numbers to call as 09092996283; 08095553232.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Chinese supermarket, Panda Supermarket, operating in Jabi area of Abuja has been shutdown.
The supermarket was shut down by the Federal Government on Wednesday, January 29, after officials of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) received information that seafood and animals brought into the country illegally and sold in Panda Supermarket.
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