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.