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The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control on Monday, warned Nigerians against unessential travelling to Uganda due to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The centre said that the precautions are to enable public health authorities to know how to prevent the spread of the disease.
The NCDC gave this advice in a statement signed by the Director – General, Ifedayo Adetifa on Monday.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that as of 29th of October, 2022, the Ugandan Ministry of Health had reported 128 reported cases and 34 deaths.
The centre noted that the risk is high due to the large volume of air travel between Nigeria and Uganda and the mixing of passengers, especially at the regional travel hubs of Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Kigali airports and the additional risk from other neighboring countries that share a direct border with Uganda should cases arise in other countries in the region.
NCDC added that when travel to Uganda is unavoidable, travellers are advised to avoid contact with obviously sick persons or suspected cases of Ebola.
“Persons already in Nigeria but with recent travel history to or transit through Uganda within the past 21 days who experience symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhoea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising should promptly call 6232 or 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 (public or private). They would be visited at home by dedicated responders for assessment and transported through the designated transport arrangement to the designated treatment centre 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.”
Adetifa noted that the Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health has scaled up the screening of passengers returning from Uganda at POEs.
“Inbound travellers to Nigeria with a recent travel history to or through Uganda without symptoms on departure but who become unwell while on transit are required to avoid contact with people and to report to the Port Health Services on arrival at the point of entry to Nigeria.
“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 in Nigeria, please: Self-isolate immediately by staying indoors. Avoid contact with others including your immediate family.”
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