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FG on why Nigeria keeps Covid travel protocol

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By Akintola Timothy

Health Declaration Form enacted for disease surveillance across the country.

The year 2020 was ravaged by physical restrictions as a consequence of the ravaging Covid-19. This global outbreak which leads to a pandemic overtly disrupted the daily algorithm of every individual and caused the infections and death of millions of people. As a result of this epidemic, travels were restricted globally to limit its spread. Nigeria was one of the countries immensely affected by this health crisis with millions, or recorded deaths and infections.

Though Nigeria was declared Covid free earlier, reports have indicated that Nigeria is keeping to its Covid-19 travel protocols. Dr. Muktar Muhammad, The Coordinator and Technical Head of the Presidential Steering Committee Secretariat on Covid-19 has noted that Nigeria was still maintaining its Covid-19 travel protocols for disease surveillance to further protect Nigerians. He stated that the protocols had not been fully removed, with about 85 countries still requiring pre-departure test, 30 countries still requiring quarantine and another 45 countries.

Relaxing Covid-19 travel protocols to be enacted with caution.

Dr. Mohammad revealed this during his media appearance on Tuesday. He said that regardless of the Covid free declaration of numerous countries globally, Covid-19 had still not been completely eradicated and thus, the need to blatantly relax the Covid-travel protocols had to be enacted with immense caution. He then averted that with the implementation of the health declaration form scheme, the government’s ability to further track diseases have been enhanced, creating an ambience to boost the healthcare system in the country.

He noted that without this form, the task of tracking viruses like Covid and Corona would be a very difficult one. Dr. Mohammad stated that the advent of this Health Declaration Form would help the government with crucial information about when a person arrives, their contact phone number, where they are going to be staying and the system would track and identify them, either through the Ministry of Health or the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control. He also revealed that district officials were in place to pick up people with detected symptoms almost immediately.

Diseases like Ebola and Covid poised to cause havoc within hours.

On the spread of these viruses, Dr. Mohammad stated that diseases like Ebola and Covid-19 were posed to cause serious havoc within a matter of hours. Mohammad said that the health declaration form could be uploaded to the country’s server within minutes, adding that the form was significantly useful in the contact tracing mechanism. He noted that in planes for instance, the form scheme helps to identify poignant information such as an individual’s seat number, the risk epicenter and everyone at risk.

With the form, Dr. Mohammad noted that everyone at risk would not just be recognized but tracked and monitored as a result of the health threat that they posed to the society at large. Thus, he explained that the health scheme helped in pinpointing people and monitoring their health progressions, as these diseases do not manifest immediately. In fact, he noted that these Health Declaration Forms were also available across all the country’s borders.

For this health protocol, vaccinated individuals are free to board anywhere.

Dr. Muktar Mohammad indicated that for this health protocol, individuals with full Covid-19 vaccination did not have to do much. Upon submission of the Health Declaration Form, they were free to travel anywhere and granted access into the country. However, with partially vaccinated and unvaccinated people, Dr. Mohammad said there was to be intense access dilemma and as such, it would be important to test them before boarding the plane and retested on the second and third day of arrival. He added that these were modalities for ensuring the protection of lives in the country.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

This is really a good initiative by the ministry of health by creating the health declaration form in order to still monitor the health of travellers so as to still help with the spread or effects of any disease

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

There is need to continue to keep the covid travel code just to be on safer side. With the use of the nose masks, the passengers will be able to protect themselves.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Although Nigeria has been declared COVID free, the protocols are still in place. To help track diseases brought into the country at airports.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

This global epidemic, which eventually led to a pandemic, manifestly threw off the daily routine of each and every person and was directly responsible for the infections and deaths of millions of individuals.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Due to this pandemic, international travel was restricted. There were millions of fatalities and new illnesses in Nigeria alone as a result of this health crisis.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

In spite of the fact that Nigeria has been cleared of COVID, the protocols are still being followed. to assist in keeping tabs on infectious diseases that may have been brought into the country via airports.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

This pandemic began as a global epidemic and disrupted the lives of everyone on the planet, leading to millions of new cases of illness and fatalities.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

There is a pressing requirement to maintain the covid travel code in order to err on the side of caution. Passengers will be able to defend themselves against the hazardous conditions if they wear the provided nose masks.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Upholding the protocol is just a way to help keep in check COVID and other viruses from finding its way to the country. People who are fully vacvinated don’t have to do much of the health protocols

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This protocol or restrictions will force people that are yet to be vaccinated to do the right thing by forcing them to take their covid-19 shot which can prevent them to contact the disease.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

It was a difficult period for us because Nigeria was one of the countries that was severely impacted by this global health crisis, which resulted in millions of fatalities and infections being documented.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Due to the fact that Covid-19 had not yet been eradicated in its entirety, the need to openly relax the protocols regarding Covid travel had to be carried out with an extreme amount of caution.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The form scheme in airplanes makes it easier to recognize essential information such as an individual’s seat number, the location of the risk epicenter, and the number of people who are at danger.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

Due to the fact that certain diseases do not present themselves immediately, the health program was helpful in locating patients and tracking the evolution of their health.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

For the sake of caution, the covid travel code must be maintained. The nasal masks are there for the safety of the passengers.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Our government should not forget to remind the populace about COVID-19. Awareness should consistently and constantly be made for those that are yet to vaccinated stating the need for the vaccination.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

The health declaration form in order to still monitor the health of travellers despite been declared covid free. It ia a good thing.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Federal Government should keep on with their awareness creation on every Dead disease including Covid-19, Ebola etc. It is not until there is another emergence of COVID-19 before government could take action. They need to be proactive.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

The fake government said that Nigeria are affected by this health crisis with millions, or recorded deaths and infections.That was lie because all was polite and government form for their selfish reasons. No covid-19 In Nigeria

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

To afford any issue of disease is good to keep the covid travel protocol in place is to take caution awareness should be made to prevent any disease because covid did alot of damage everywhere and affect many things

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Those who haven’t had the covid-19 vaccine yet will be motivated to do the right thing by this policy or limitations and get the jab.