Reps call for measures against spread of Coronavirus

The House of Representatives has urged the federal ministry of health to urgently ensure measures that would check possible spread of the deadly Coronavirus to Nigeria.

This came through the adoption of a motion sponsored by Deputy Chief Whip , Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha at plenary on Wednesday.
The House further directed the Nigeria Immigration service the Quarantine services and the federal Airport authority and other relevant agencies to set up screening centres at all entry points into Nigeria.

The ministry of health has also been urged to in collaboration with other relevant agencies, set up testing and isolation centres in all point of entry for the purpose of detecting symptoms of the virus and where necessary isolate concerns with particular emphasis on travelers from countries that have already had cases of the virus.

Onyejeocha while debating the motion noted  that there is the need for the authorities to be proactive on the issue since Nigeria is a major trading partner with China.

The lawmaker expressed the fear of then spread of the virus to the country, in view of the fact that many Chinese resident in the country traveled to China for the forthcoming lunar new year celebrations, before the sudden outbreak of the virus.

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