- The WHO has listed eight states including the Federal Capital Territory with a high risk of coronavirus outbreak
- The international organisation said these state must be prepared against an outbreak of the deadly disease which has killed many in China
- According to WHO, the assessment probably took the direction because of the frequent travels between Nigerians and the Chinese
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and eight states across Nigeria have been listed by the World Health Organisation as states at high risk of a coronavirus outbreak.
The WHO mapped out the states - Lagos, Kano, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Delta and Bayelsa - as top priority areas for preparedness against the Novel coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria.
Speaking on the possible outbreak of the disease in Nigeria, the technical officer on health emergency programme for WHO, Dhamari Naidoo, while speaking to journalists at a media training for reporters on coronavirus outbreak said Nigeria was self-assessed as high in a risk assessment by the organisation.
Naidoo said the assessment tilted in the direction probably because of the frequent travels between Nigerians and the Chinese.
She said: "Nigeria was self-assessed as high in a risk assessment by the World Health Organisation, primarily because of the frequent travel between China and Nigeria.”
Naidoo noting that while the WHO is working on strengthening surveillance at ports of entry by supporting temperature screening, and visual observation, airlines have also been informed about travel forms to enable monitoring of travellers coming in from China.
She added that the WHO has deployed a surge team comprising of experts from the African region to support the work of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health.
She said the team will also help in planning and preparing the country against the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the lawmaker representing Anambra South senatorial district, Ifeanyi Ubah, raised alarm over the illegal exportation of facial masks to China.
Senator Ubah said the illegal exportation of facial masks from Nigeria is currently booming as over 100 million face masks have been illegally exported to China since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease.
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