…Public health body urges returning travellers to adhere to protocols***
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at midnight on Monday said that the death toll for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Nigeria had jumped to 1, 083, even as the agency confirmed that there were 132 new infections .
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle.
It stated that one new fatality raised the death toll to 1,083.
The agency said 132 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, were recorded across Nigeria on Monday, Sept. 14.
The public health agency stated that the new cases now bring the number of confirmed infections in the country to 56,388.
It noted that 185 people had been treated and had recovered from the virus, bringing the nation’s number of recovery to 44,337.
According to the agency, Lagos State had the highest number of recorded cases on Monday with 52, Gombe State followed with 27 cases and Plateau State came next with 17 cases.
The other states were Kwara-10, Enugu-9 , Ogun-9 , Katsina-3 , Ekiti-2 , Bauchi-1 , Osun-1 and Rivers-1.
The NCDC said that as at Sept. 14, 132 new confirmed cases and one death were recorded in the country.
“Till date, 56388 cases have been confirmed, 44337 cases have been discharged and 1083 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,”It said.
Meanwhile, the agency said that it was critical for Nigerians to take responsibility to maintain the gains achieved in the nation’s response to COVID-19, to reduce the risk of a spike in cases as international flights resume.
“We have updated the self-isolation guideline to reflect the current protocol for return travelers, this can be accessed on our website – covid19.ncdc.gov.ng. Every returning traveler must carry out a COVID-19 test, after seven days of self isolation, it stated.
In the meantime, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has appealed for the cooperation of all returning travelers by adhering to COVID-19 protocols to ensure that no positive case was imported into the country.
The Head of Department, Surveillance and Epidemiology Department, NCDC, Elsie Ilori, made the appeal at the Presidential Tasks Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday in Abuja.
Ilori restated the need for travellers to self isolate for at least seven days and get tested for a second time in the country.
“As international flights resume, we do not want to see an influx of imported cases, so it’s important that we maintain the gains that we have achieved so far.
“We need the cooperation of all returning passengers and their adherence to protocols that have been put in place,” she said.
Ilori noted that the NCDC had updated the self isolation guideline to reflect the current protocol for returning travellers.
“For every passengers that comes into the country, you must self isolate for at least seven days.
“This means strictly staying at home or an identified accommodation away from the general public.
“On the seventh day of isolation, you must present at a designated sample collection centre for your sample to be collected for test.
“If you test positive, You will be treated based on the national care management guidelines, if you test negative, you can rejoin the society.
“So, we urge all incoming passengers to take responsibility and support efforts being made to halt the spread of COVID-19,” she said.
She also advised all returning travellers to adhere to all preventive measures and non- pharmaceutical interventions against the virus.