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COVID-19: Take travellers’ samples on arrival, Tomori tells FG

Professor of Virology, Oyewale Tomori, has cautioned the federal government and relevant health agencies to start collecting samples of inbound travellers on arrival at airports in order to quickly detect passengers infected with COVID-19 virus.

He stated this on Monday during an exclusive interview with newsmen.

He said, “Countries where they are loose over control are the ones having problem with Covid. Nigeria is number one when it comes to being loose with regulations and laws. We break laws and it is not surprising that this is happening.

“When I was in Ethiopia during the Ebola time, they let you in and every morning, somebody calls you and asks you, ‘Are you feeling fever?’ They do follow-ups and contact tracing but we abandon all of that in Nigeria.”

“The implication is that no one knows who has the disease and we are going to keep spreading it,” he noted.

He said, “Our committee had advised that the samples be taken on arrival. The number of people you are going to monitor will depend on people who are positive. If 200 people come in, plus or minus, some will test negative but it is not like the disaster we are having now.

“If 200 people come in and you take their samples on arrival and 30 are positive, you are only focusing on the 30. Now, you have 200 coming in and you say come back seven days later which means you are monitoring all the 200 of them of which 150 may be negative. Sensible countries take samples at the point of entry. So, within a day of two, you know those who are positive.

“Some of the people coming in with negative results are all fake. So, your best bet to know whether they are positive or negative is to re-test on arrival.”

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