- The Nigerian Senate says Chinese nationals returning to Nigeria should be isolated by the aviation authorities
- The recommendations by the red chambers is to ensure that the viral coronavirus does not come into Nigeria
- Nigeria is already currently battling with Lassa fever at the moment
The Nigerian Senate has officially reacted to the spread of the deadly coronavirus globally.
Senator Chukwuka Utazi representing Enugu North senatorial district on Thursday, January 30 moved a motion on the coronavirus outbreak and preventive response towards stemming its spread in Nigeria.
Reacting, Senator James Manager from Delta state said: “This virus is like another Ebola. The health ministry is doing well and I want to urge them to do better. The Chinese are everywhere and this virus is a deadly disease.”
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After deliberations and more contributions from senators, the Senate then resolved to:
1. Thank the federal ministry of health through the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), for their gallant efforts at stemming the coronavirus infection in Nigeria and urge them never to lower their guards until this fight is won internationally and here in Nigeria.
2. Urge the federal government to allocate more funds to the NCDC, to acquire the latest and most recent equipment that there is for research and diagnosis of tropical diseases that threaten human existence as prevention is always better and cheaper than cure;
3. Urge Nigerian travelling public desirous of travelling to Asia, especially China, to heed to the federal government travel advisory on China and put their travel arrangements on hold till further notice and until this outbreak of coronavirus is vanquished from the face of the earth;
4. Urge the federal ministries of aviation to ensure that all persons arriving from China, especially the Chinese citizens from Nigeria that travelled home for the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities, or from any country that has a major disease outbreak, to self-isolate by staying indoors in their homes for at least two weeks before mixing up with the Nigerian public;
5. Urge Nigerians with any reported case(s) of likely infection or with symptoms that approximate to those associated with Coronavirus to visit the hospitals for urgent health check; and
6. As cleanliness is next to Godliness, and prevention is better than cure, Nigerians at all times are advised to wash their hands with soap, with clean water, preferably from a running tap.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have been assured of the federal government's readiness to strengthen surveillance at five international airports in Nigeria to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
The minister of health Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 28, said the government will set up an inter-multisectoral committee to scale up surveillance and vigilance in the international airports in Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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