CORONAVIRUS: SENATE CHARGES AVIATION ON SELF-ISOLATION FOR TRAVELLERS FROM CHINA

 CORONAVIRUS: SENATE CHARGES AVIATION ON  SELF-ISOLATION FOR TRAVELLERS FROM CHINA

The Senate had issued a directive to the Federal Ministry of Aviation to ensure that all persons arriving from China  isolate  themselves  by staying  alone in their homes for at least two weeks before mixing with the general public.

Such persons, said the Senate, include Chinese citizens from Nigeria that travelled for the one-week Chinese Lunar New Year festivities.

The Senate who gave the directive on Thursday while debating a motion titled: “Coronavirus outbreak and preventive response towards stemming it’s Spread to Nigeria,” also extended the call for self-isolation to travellers from other countries that have experienced outbreak of the raging  coronavirus.

The motion was Sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Communicable Diseases,  Chukwuka   Utazi.

Speaking during his debate Senator Utazi said:

 “China put millions of people in three of its cities on lockdown in an effort to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 170  and infected more than 630 persons.”

The Senator expressed fear that the killer-virus might hit the nation if drastic preventive measures are not put in place.

In its resolutions, the Senate urged Nigerians with any reported cases of likely infection or with symptoms approximate to those associated with Coronavirus to visit hospitals for urgent health check.

The Senate  further urged  the Federal Government to allocate more funds to the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in order to acquire the latest equipment for research and diagnosis of tropical diseases that threaten human existence.

At least 15 countries, including Germany, France, Japan, United States, Canada, India and the UK  have reported cases of the infection.

The virus has forced many countries to place a travel ban on China in order to curtail the spread.

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