Nigeria Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, on Friday has unfolds the reason why the Federal Government has refused to place ban on flights from Coronavirus (COVID-19) endemic countries, to prevent further importation of the deadly virus to the country.
In a press briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the minister said the government is looking at the economic impact, and “what impacts the ban would have on our economy as other countries are doing.”
The Ministers for Dr. Ehanire disclosed that the Italian index case, who imported COVID-19 to Nigeria and the contact patient, who earlier tested positive, would be discharged from the hospital by next week.
Dr. Osagie also noted that all the other contacts of the index case, who have been under supervised isolation in the country would now be released to go home, having satisfied the 14-day minimum isolation period without testing positive.
He stressed out that the Federal Government has not found it necessary to place ban on flights from endemic countries, even though, some other developed countries with better medical and health system have done; because of its economic impact on the nation
He added, that the current status of Covid -19 in the country does not require a travel ban on any country. He, however, stressed that the government’s determination to carry on surveillance and screening at the various entry points especially the international airports.