The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Monday, warned Nigerians not to travel to Uganda over alleged outbreak of Ebola virus in the country.
It also called on those that travelled or made contacts with people that travelled to Uganda to observe necessary protocols of preventing the spread of the virus.
This was disclosed by the director general of NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetif, in a statement in Abuja.
According to him, “Travellers to Nigeria with recent travel history to Uganda or persons already in Nigeria but with recent travel history to or transit through Uganda within the past 21 days are to look out for symptoms.
“Symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruises should promptly call 6232 or the state ministry of health hotlines for assessment and testing.
“Such persons should not visit health facilities by themselves to avoid further spread through the shared transport system.
“They would be visited at home by dedicated responders for assessment and transported through designated transport arrangement to designated treatment centers when required.
“Intending travellers to Nigeria with the above-stated symptoms before departure should not travel to Nigeria, but call to report promptly to Port Health Authorities and/or designated health authorities in the country of departure for testing and care.
“Travellers with a travel history to Uganda who show no symptoms on arrival should provide accurate information on the NITP platform to ensure follow-up from health workers.
“If any of the earlier-mentioned symptoms develop anytime within 21 days of arrival to Nigeria, please self-isolate immediately by staying indoors. Avoid contact with others, including immediate family.
“Call the NCDC 24/7 toll-free line immediately on 6232 or the emergency number of the state ministry of health.”
The FG said that local or international travel is not recommended until the completion of the 21-day follow-up period.
In his words, “To prevent the spread of Ebola, the public should adhere to necessary precautionary measures.
“Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or use hand sanitizers when soap and water are not readily available and your hand is not visibly soiled.
“Avoid physical contact with anyone who has symptoms of an infection with an unknown diagnosis.
“Healthcare workers are advised to always adhere to standard precautions. This includes the use of Personal Protective Equipment always when handling patients, and always maintaining a high index of suspicion.”
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