The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has stated that it is studying travellers from countries with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the Coronavirus.
This was disclosed by NCDC’s Director-General, Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, at the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja, according to NAN.
He revealed that the agency is committed to sequencing positive samples from the cases and ensuring quick communication with the public.
What the NCDC is saying
Adetifa said, “The NCDC will continue to work with the Federal Ministry of Health Ports of Entry team to ensure that inbound and outbound travellers are tested and compliant with protocol.
“Towards the Christmas period, please do avoid all non-essential travel and take the precautions, which will, indeed, save even just one life.
“Your life is important and so are our loved ones and strangers.”
The NCDC boss urged the need for public health and social measures in the country, citing that despite the high recovery rate, COVID-19 had caused painful and needless loss of lives, particularly among the elderly and more vulnerable.
On large gatherings, he warned that such activities must be stopped as it poses a huge risk to the lives of loved ones and strangers alike, thereby eroding the gains the country had made so far in containing the pandemic.
“We will not fail to let you know that they are safe and effective and that they do reduce the risk of severe disease and eventual death.
“Where you find out that you have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please do safely, ensure that you are tested.
“We will continue to ensure that laboratories are sustained, available for testing and conveniently accessed,” he added.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported earlier that two people returning from Nigeria have contacted the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, according to the Canadian government.
This was disclosed by the Province of Ontario, as Canada begins closing its borders to seven African nations,