Following the outbreak and spread of the deadly Coronavirus, the Federal Government, Wednesday, advised all travellers from Nigeria, including those, planning to travel to China, to suspend their travel plans until further notice.
This advisory was dropped by the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, while addressing State House Correspondents in Abuja.
He was speaking in regards to Nigeria’s preparedness to prevent the new global health scourge, the Coronavirus, from spreading to Nigeria.
Ehanire also said those arriving in the country from China or any of the countries with a major outbreak of the disease would be under watch.
“In view of the trending stories around the Coronavirus, it has become very necessary to issue a travel advisory to Nigerians.
“The first is that all Nigerians and all from Nigeria, intending to travel to China should delay all their travel plans until further notice, except it is extremely essential for them to do that trip.
“All persons arriving from China or any country that has a major outbreak is advised, if they have no symptoms at all, to self isolate, meaning that they stay indoors in their homes for at least two weeks and if they develop any symptoms, like cough, catarrh, sneezing, breathing difficulties within this period, to report to the nearest health facility.
“We are also advising all airlines to report any case of a passenger falling sick on-board before the plane lands. That is a requirement in the agreement. Nigerian Port Health Services, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control are on alert at our airports and other points of entry. That is the advisory.
“We don’t have statistics on the number of Chinese returning to this country, [from Lunar Year holiday] but what I can telling you is that for those who traveled and meet the conditions we mentioned can come back to their work.
“I also want to remind you that there are very many Nigerians in China who will be coming home, not only Chinese and other people who have works to do in Nigeria from that area. We are not using your nationality as a criterion, we are using your state of health”, he said.