Coronavirus: Senator raises alarm over lack of checks at airport

Senator Ajayi Boroffice has revealed that; despite claims by the Federal Government of instituting preventive measures against coronavirus, passengers entering the airports are not being screened.

The lawmaker revealed that South Africa has medical corps at airports who delay passengers to detect coronavirus symptoms; he noted that Nigeria only gives our forms instead of proper medical checks.

Borroffice gave this revelation in a point of order raised on the floor of the red chamber on Thursday, February 27.

He said: “I was in South Africa on Friday. I came back yesterday. Because of the issue of coronavirus, every country in the world is taking preventive measures; because the wisdom is that prevention is better than cure. In South Africa, we were not allowed to leave the aircraft for a good 30 minutes.

“Officers of the medical corps came into the aircraft and screened everybody; before we were allowed out. But I arrived yesterday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport and there was no screening.

“All we were given is a sheet of paper to indicate whether we were sick; and whether we have been to one country or the other and how we will be contacted if there is an emergency. How do you know if I have fallen sick? This is very frightening.

“Something has to be done to ensure that we do not give way to a situation; which we will not be able to control. Countries that have adequate medical facilities are working hard to ensure; that they contain the spread of coronavirus. From what I saw yesterday, I was afraid.”

Reacting to this, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan urged the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies to ensure adequate checks are made at the airport.

Lawan said: “While the federal ministry of health and the associated agencies may be doing their best; with this explanation, this best is not good enough and we should not take anything for granted.

“We must be prepared. We must take all the necessary measures at our ports – airports, seaports. If someone is coming from China, he should be quarantined, not self-isolation.”


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