The Federal Government, yesterday, warned Nigerians planning to travel to China to shelve such plans until when the Coronavirus epidemic ravaging that country have been brought under control.
It also advised all persons arriving from China or any other country where the epidemic had been detected to quarantine themselves by staying indoors for at least two weeks.
This warning came just as the Federal Government said it has strengthened surveillance at the five international airports in the country to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
The five international airports are in Enugu, Lagos, Rivers, Kano and Abuja, the federal capital.
Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, gave the advice after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the Presidential Villa, as part of efforts to prevent spread of the disease in the country.
Addressing State House Correspondents on the epidemic, Ehanire urged Nigerians to postpone their travel plans to China until all issues relating to the outbreak of the Coronavirus have been adequately resolved.
“In view of the trending stories around the Coronavirus, it has become very necessary to issue a travel advisory to Nigerians. The first is that all Nigerians and all from Nigeria, intending to travel to China should delay all their travel plans until further notice, except it is extremely essential for them to do that trip.
“All persons arriving from China or any country that has a major outbreak is advised, if they have no symptoms at all, to self-isolate, meaning that they stay indoors in their homes for at least two weeks and if they develop any symptoms, like cough, catarrh, sneezing, breathing difficulties within this period, to report to the nearest health facility.
“We are also advising all airlines to report any case of a passenger falling sick on-board before the plane lands. That is a requirement in the agreement. Nigerian Port Health Services, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control are on alert at our airports and other points of entry. That is the advisory,” he said.
According to reports, at least 132 people have already lost their lives to the epidemic while more than 6,000 cases have been confirmed in mainland China, as coronavirus spreads from the Wuhan Province of China across Asia and the rest of the world.