COVID-19: Nigerian government announces plans to screen passengers arriving from abroad

COVID-19: Nigerian government announces plans to screen passengers arriving from abroad

According to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), plans have been finalized for all arriving passengers to be screened for COVID-19 using a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RTD).

Dr Geoffrey Okatubo, Director of Port Health Services, revealed this on Monday, January 9, during the Ministerial bi-weekly meeting on the update of COVID-19 response and developments in the country’s health sector.

Positive cases, according to Okatubo, will be quarantined, while all negative cases will be monitored. He stated that the federal government was also taking other measures to keep the coronavirus situation in the country under control.

“COVID-19 self-tests (RTD) will be handed out at all our international airports, land and sea borders, while travellers will also be informed on the importance of measures that they can take to prevent being infected,” he said.

He acknowledged that some people had experienced difficulties with the travel portal, noting that the health declaration certificate could also be filled out on arrival. Okatubo stated that the health certificate form was also available at the country’s land borders, and that it was compulsory as it serves as a measure used to help protect everyone from the virus.

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