- The health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has made a statement to calm the fears of Nigerians over coronavirus
- Ehanire said that so far, the ministry is following the guideline of WHO on the virus
- The minister stressed that for now, the country does not need a travel ban since, according to him, the situation has not attained that stage yet
The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday, March 12, revealed the federal government's position on a possible travel ban following the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.
As he spoke with foreign diplomat on the readiness and capacity of the government to contain the virus, Ehanire said that for now, there is no need to impose such a ban.
According to The Nation, the health minister said that the country is keeping step with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on measures to tackle the pandemic.
He assured Nigeria that the situation does not call for panic fuelled by fake news from uninformed persons.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had disclosed that Nigeria’s oil revenue was being affected by the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Nigerian president made the disclosure when members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly Healthcare Professionals Associations (AHPA) visited him at the presidential villa, on Tuesday, March 10.
A statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, stated that Buhari during the visit pleaded with the health workers to be patient with his administration to address their demands regarding the adjustment of consolidated health salary structure (CONHESS) among other demands.
The president said his administration was tackling the challenges posed by coronavirus to the nation’s economy.
He said the source of the nation’s revenue has been hit by the disease. “Your case is certainly receiving attention, but you must bear in mind the condition that the country is in now. Coronavirus is not improving matters,” the president was quoted to have said.
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“It is affecting what we very much depend on, the petroleum industry and therefore revenue."
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