Dr Osagie Ehanire
Dr Osagie Ehanire

Nigerians Should Not Travel To China Yet - Health minister

Eludoyin Oluwanisola

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has cautioned Nigerians from travelling to China for the meantime to prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Dr Osagie, who said this at Abuja on Wednesday, added that Nigerians coming from China should seclude themselves for about two weeks.

He stated that they would be placed under watch to prevent the spread of the disease.

“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 make 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.

“They should stay indoors 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 and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control are on alert at our airports and other points of entry. That is the advisory,” Dr Osagie said.

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