Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, on Thursday, accused the Federal Ministry of Health of not putting serious measures in place to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in Nigeria.
He, however, asked the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care to liaise with the ministry to intensify screening of passengers at the nation’s airports and seaports.
Lawan 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 screen passengers coming into the country.
Recall, an Italian citizen who traveled to Lagos, Nigeria’s economic nerve center, is the first confirmed case of coronavirus in sub Saharan Africa, according to the country’s Health Ministry.
The senator said the coronavirus screening at the South African airport usually takes up to 30 minutes before passengers would be allowed to disembark the aircraft.
He said the situation was different on his arrival at the Nigerian airport, when the health officials at the nation’s airports merely issued a form to passengers to indicate if they were sick or not.
He said, “There is no form of any screening of passengers for coronavirus by Nigerian officials at the airport.
“It’s worrisome, situations where travelers coming into the country were not dully screened for the dreaded virus based on his experience at the airport.”`
THE NEWS1 day ago
BREAKING: Veteran Nollywood actress, Rachael Oniga, is dead
THE NEWS2 days ago
Murdered Super TV boss, Usifo Ataga, laid to rest in Lagos amid tears
THE NEWS2 days ago
Kaduna files fresh charges against El-Zakzaky, wife
THE NEWS3 days ago
BREAKING: IGP orders ‘internal review’ of allegations against Abba Kyari
THE NATION9 hours ago
DCP Abba Kyari’s younger brother deletes pix of luxury cars on Instagram
THE NEWS19 hours ago
JUST IN: EFCC arrests, grills Saraki over fresh allegations of corruption
THE NEWS3 hours ago
Hushpuppi: IGP suspends DCP Abba Kyari
THE NEWS9 hours ago
EFCC releases Saraki from custody after grilling him over ‘money laundering’