Health Minister confirms 22 Travelers Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 Since Reopening Of International Flights

Nigeria Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria Minister for Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has confirmed that 22 travellers have tested positive for coronavirus since the reopening of international flights.

The health Minister stated this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) On COVID-19 Briefing On Thursday In Abuja.

He was quoted as saying: “We are especially worried, about the huge COVID increases in certain countries with which we have high volume of human traffic.

“The Federal Ministry of Health therefore wishes to advise Nigerians against non-essential travel to high burden countries.

“I wish to specially solicit that all travelers cooperate with border authorities to protect our people and also our health system from stress.

“We are obliged to reduce the risk of COVID importation to a minimum.

“As at 26th September, out of a total of 1,473 Persons of Interest (POI) tested across 3 laboratories in the FCT since the opening of the international travel air space, 22 tested positive.”

He continued: “Our testing and tracing capabilities have improved a lot, such that virtually every state has least one laboratory that has increased our daily testing capacity to about 3,500.

“We are, however, testing well below that capacity, because laboratories are receiving fewer samples than they could handle, leaving some partners to doubt our reports.

“I therefore appeal to state governments to improve on sample collection and capacity utilisation.

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“All persons with COVID evocative symptoms, or who may have come in contact with a confirmed covid case should please submit themselves for testing,” the minister concluded.

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