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Omicron: No cases in Nigeria, we’re monitoring situation, says NCDC

Written by on November 29, 2021

The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) yesterday urged the Federal Government to apply caution in the closure of its borders to inbound passengers from South Africa, even as the new COVID-19 variant called Omicron spreads across the globe.

The NMA advised that while the government studies the trends and epidemiological characterisation of the variant before taking a decision on border closure, it needs to also increase disease surveillance, ramp up testing – especially at the airports, and ensure strict adherence to non-pharmaceutical protocols of hand washing and use of hand sanitisers, wearing of face masks and social distancing.

The NMA President, Prof Innocent Ujah, also stressed that passengers from countries in Southern Africa should be compulsorily isolated, quarantined and examined for possible infection.

He explained that the country is not ready and prepared for the new variant, hence, the need to be extra-cautious.

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