On Thursday, Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Senate, indicated that the Federal Ministry of Health is not putting serious measures in place to prevent the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria.
Lawan urged the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care to further liaise with the Ministry to intensify the screening of passengers at the Nigerian airports and seaports.
He also stated this following a point of order by the Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
Boroffice drew the attention of the Senate to the failure of health personnel at the airports and seaports to thoroughly screen passengers coming into the country.
He further explained that he was subjected to screening for Coronavirus on arrival at a South African airport recently and the screening at the South African airport usually takes up to 30 minutes before passengers would be allowed to disembark the aircraft.
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But the situation at the Nigerian airport on his arrival was different. When the health officials in the nation’s airports merely issued a form for passengers to indicate if they were sick or not.
“ The Nigerian officials at the airport didn’t have form of any screening of passengers for Coronavirus.
“It is a worrisome, situations where travelers coming into the country were not dully screened for the dreaded virus.”
Boroffice said he brought the attention of the Senate to his experience for the Federal Ministry of Health and other concerned agencies to take note.
Lawan commended Boroffice for raising the issue.
Every country in the world was making an effort to ensure that the Coronavirus did not cross its borders.
He said although the Federal Ministry of Health and other associated agencies were doing their best, their best was not good enough.
“We must take all the necessary measures at our ports, airports, seaports, to protect our people.
“If anybody is coming from China, he or she should be quarantined not even isolation for two weeks or four weeks, we have to protect the lives of Nigerians,” he added.
Kindly contact your lawmakers on Publicassembly.com.ng home page and engage them in the efforts towards combating this deadly virus.