COVID-19: Nigeria to screen incoming passengers using RTD

COVID-19: Nigeria to screen incoming passengers using RTD

By Abujah Racheal, Abuja.


The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) says it will screen passengers coming into the country, using Rapid Diagnostic Test (RTD).


Dr Geoffrey Okatubo, Director, Port Health Services, said this on Monday in Abuja, during the Ministerial bi-weekly meeting on the update of COVID-19 response and developments in the country’s health sector.


Okatubo said that positive cases would be quarantined and all negative cases would be monitored.


He said that the Federal Government was undertaking other measures as well to keep the coronavirus situation under control.


“COVID-19 self-tests (RTD) will be handed out at all our international airports, land and sea borders, while travellers will also be informed on the importance of measures that they can take to prevent being infected,” he said.


The director acknowledged that some people had experienced difficulties with the travel portal, saying that the health declaration certificate could also be filled out on arrival.


He said that the health certificate form was also available at the country’s land borders, adding, however, that it was compulsory.


“The health declaration is being done by the Port Health officers at the border,” he said.


He said that completing the health declaration was good for the country if the citizens understood the advantages, part of which, he said, was to protect everyone, while it was also an international health regulation.

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