- PTF has said that there is re-emergence of Ebola virus in some West African countries
- Boss Mustapha, the chairman of PTF, made this disclosure on Monday, February 15
- The SGF advised Nigerians to be more cautious about the dreaded disease
The federal government has raised the alarm over re-emergence of the dreaded Ebola virus in some West African neighbouring countries, calling on all Nigerians to be more cautious.
The Nation reports that Boss Mustapha, the chairman Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), made this known on Monday, February 15, during the task force's media in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that he noted that more stringent surveillance is being carried out around the nation’s ports of entry in order to prevent the spread of disease in Nigeria.
He said that the PTF had decided to make the surveillance against Ebola a priority in order not to compound the current dangerous position the COVID-19 outbreak had placed the country.
Mustapha urged all citizens to be part of the national defence against the disease, adding that the fight is not a responsibility of only government.
He said COVID-19 pandemic had not slowed its deadly advance in the country down, disclosing that the country recorded the second highest single-day death counts as 24 victims were lost to coronavirus.
While noting that the sad development of Saturday, February 13, was a wake-up call to Nigerians to take responsibility and comply with protocols and regulations, Mustapha said the task force would intensify monitoring of developments for the next two weeks to ascertain the level of the impact of last weekend’s Valentine’s Day celebration on citizens.
The SGF also recalled that the PTF mentioned the dialogue between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and KLM (Netherland) over the testing requirements prescribed by some airlines.
He said that government also informed outbound airlift of passengers by these airlines have been restricted pending when the protocols are ironed out.
“The PTF wishes to underscore the fact that respect for national protocols, setting up of appropriate infrastructure and the all-round protection of our travelling nationals shall remain paramount in our consideration and the eventual outcome."
He also said that there have been sustained efforts by sub-national entities and the FCT administration to stem the tide against the second wave of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state ordered the closure of a secondary school, Vaatia College, in Makurdi, the capital of the state, following the outbreak of a strange disease.
It was reported that following the shutdown, the school authority had sent a notice to parents and guardians, on Sunday, February 14, to pick up their children and wards.
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