Coronavirus: Shut all borders now — Senate, House of Reps, NMA, others
The Senate, House of Representatives and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to shut all borders and urgently consider banning non-Nigerian travellers from countries with high risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The NMA wants a total shutdown of the nation’s borders, saying, at least, 730 people from high-risk countries of Coronavirus enter the country on a daily basis.
This came on a day President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of National Sports Festival billed for next week in Edo State, following confirmation of a third case of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives had earlier, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to toe the line of several other countries that have shut down their borders, schools, markets and banned public gatherings.
The Senate made the request after adopting a point of order raised at yesterdays plenary by Ibrahim Oloriegbe, its health committee chairman. Before the third case was announced yesterday, the Federal Government had said it was not considering a travel ban on countries with active spread of the virus.
But Oloriegbe said, in addition to the ban and other prevention and control practices, Nigeria should as well restrict travels to worst-hit countries to curb the spread of the virus.
“If it is possible, people should not travel
to countries with high risk of the cases, especially in Europe, where many
countries are affected, unless such trips are very important.
“Government should also
consider disallowing non-Nigerians from countries of high risk from entering
the country. Government should also increase capacity about checking at