The federal government has cautioned Nigerians against travelling to countries where new cases of the dreaded Ebola virus have been recorded.
Ekohotblog reports that In the last one month, new cases of the virus have been reported in Guinea and Congo, instigating deja vu of 2014 when the virus wreaked havoc in the west Africa region.
Speaking during the presidential task force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19 on Monday, Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, said the country is observing developments on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Guinea.
He also explained that Nigeria is working closely with the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) to prevent the spread to other countries in the region.
“Our port health service officers are on high alert to step up border surveillance of travellers arriving by air or over land from destinations around the outbreak country to avert disease importation,” Ehanire said.
“Although Nigeria was classified as a moderate Ebola risk country because of our distance from Guinea, health workers in our hospitals have also been put on alert to have a high index of suspicion, and the population is hereby requested to report suspicious symptoms, including fever and bleeding in the community, among recent arrivals from the West African subregion.
“I also use this opportunity to advise Nigerians intending to visit countries in the general area to delay the visit, while WHO carries out support activities, including ring vaccinations.”
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