- There are fears that some passengers arriving in Nigeria are into a scam over their COVID-19 status
- The viral report is that passengers (about 40% of them) present fake COVID-19 certificates at airports
- However, the NCDC, through its director-general, Chikwe Ihekeazu, has denied such claims, saying that there is no official data to prove this
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has dismissed reports that about 40% of arriving passengers who presented negative COVID-19 test results are actually positive.
This claim has raised fears and suspicion among Nigerians who believe that the development, if proven to be true, will sky-rocket the situation of the virus in the country.
In fact, there are concerns that there is a scam among travellers who present fake test result certificates in airports on arrival.
However, speaking with The Guardian on Wednesday, September, 16, the director-general of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekeazu, denied the reports, adding that there is no data to substantiate them.
Ihekweazu said: “Firstly, there is no data to show that 40 per cent of travellers that returned since the resumption of international travel have COVID-19. This is simply wrong.
“The PTF-COVID-19 has made the repeat test in Nigeria mandatory to reduce the risk of spike in cases as we resume international flights. The international travel portal, which we have developed, is to enable us to track the number of travellers into the country and ensure the required tests and follow-up are carried out."
The NCDC boss called on arriving passengers to strictly abide by the protocols set by the federal government to avoid the escalation of cases in the country following the resumption of international flights.
Earlier, the federal government threatened to deal with travellers who failed to conduct the mandatory COVID-19 PCR test.
Implications for not following the travel protocols include six-month passport suspension for Nigerians and visa cancellation for foreigners.
The PTF on COVID-19 national coordinator, Sani Aliyu, made this known on Monday, September 14, at a briefing.
Aliyu, speaking further on the travel protocols said it was compulsory for travellers to have a test done on the 7th day.
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