FG Suspends Passports of 100 Passengers Who Refused to Take COVID-19 Test After Arrival
The federal government has suspended the passports of 100 flying passengers of airlines that failed a second COVID-19 test after arriving in the country.
Boss Mustafa, Chair of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, announced this during a national briefing by the President’s Task Force on Tuesday in Abuja.
Mustafa, also the Federation’s government secretary, said the passenger names would be released on January 1, 2021, and the passport suspension would last for six months.
“From January 1, 2021, the passports of the first 100 passengers who failed the polymerase chain reaction test after arrival on the seventh day will be published in national newspapers,” he said.
GSF regretted the difficulties faced by the national response, noting: “Our national response is going through a difficult phase due to the severity of the second wave of infections in Nigeria.
“At week 52, we got the most infections in one week. Our analysis shows that 16 out of 100 tests performed are positive.
“We are also seeing an increase in transmission among young people, and this is not considered good or safe. Therefore, we must show maximum restraint and take responsibility, ”he said.
Mustafa said that the PTF discussed two critical issues: oxygen supply and patient management, and during interviews with health authorities: Abuja Federal Tertiary Institutions CMD, National Hospital; Jabi & Gwagwalada, PTF, indicated that infection rate, prevention and control, and case management should be an immediate priority.
“With the increasing number of infections and hospitalizations, our goals are to: ensure that infection, prevention and control is properly managed to minimize the spread of the virus and the exposure of healthcare workers;
“Provide good treatment for those in need of hospitalization; those in need of treatment for other diseases get access to treatment in medical institutions; and resuscitation is available and implemented, especially where oxygen is needed.
“The situation in and around Abuja is of concern to the SPT,” he said.
Mustafa has called on state governments and private organizations to start conducting rapid tests as the second wave of COVID-19 spreads rapidly.
The PTF Chairman added: “You will recall that we recently released several state protocols that a number of states have actively implemented. We thank these states and encourage others to follow their example.
“Closely related to these protocols is that the testing strategy for detection and treatment remains central to the role that states must play.
“The data shows that, despite the resources already made available to subnational organizations, testing across states is very low.
“It doesn’t help our national response. In fact, some states have not reported any infections for several weeks, and recently established US laboratories are not performing optimally.
“You remember that we went from two laboratories to about ninety (public and private) located in all states of the Federation. Their inability to function optimally has led to unacceptable delays in obtaining results and pressure on national reference laboratories.
“We want to urge all states to reopen all laboratories and ensure that testing is expanded and the lead time is significantly reduced. Likewise, states must keep their isolation / treatment centers open due to the growing number of infections across the country. ”
He also stated that the PTF “has developed additional quarantine protocols that must be followed by travelers arriving from the UK and South Africa. This is in line with our commitment to minimizing any possibility of importing viruses.
“The new policy began on Monday 28 December 2020, with key changes for passengers requesting two additional documents: travel authorization / QR code obtained from the travel portal after payment for the seventh day of testing. -arrival; and negative PCR for COVID-19, which has now been reduced to 96 hours or four days.
“The PTF will continue to look closely at this issue and our respective agencies are also working on sequencing to identify the detected strain (COVID-19),” he said.