As some countries are experiencing second wave of Covid-19 and India is one of the state facing the second wave described as a devastating second wave of covid-19 .
There has been advises from some experts and Specialists to the Federal Government on the necessary steps to be taken to avoid another wave of Covid-19 Pandemic in the country.
The Academy of Medicine Specialties, together with its Rapid-Response initiative group, has advised the Federal Government to close the country’s international airports for at least two weeks to avoid the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President for Medical Specialists Prof. Oladapo Ashiru stated that Federal Government should close the international airports to all flights for at least two weeks, stressing that the third wave was affecting not only India but France, Germany, and Italy
Eminent virologist and Chairman, Expert Review Committee on COVID-19, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, urged the Federal Government and aviation agencies to put necessary steps in place like scrutinizing airlines passengers from India to Nigeria so as prevent the spread of a deadly COVID-19 strain from the country.
The cause of this call is the report of India recording more than quarter of a million everyday in the past few weeks.
while speaking with a Correspondent He said that since Nigeria did not own a flights conveying passengers directly from India, the country could not place a ban on flights from India like the United Kingdom has done.
He then recalled that this was the same challenge that Nigeria faced on the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria in 2020 when Nigeria could not ban flights from China which was the epicenter of the pandemic.
The former Vice-Chancellor of Redeemer’s University, however, said airlines that convey passengers indirectly from India to Nigeria must be closely supervised.
Tomori said any attempt by the government to ban persons coming from India would not be a good decision, adding that Nigeria must focus more on testing and monitoring.
The virologist stated, “We don’t have direct flights from India but there are people that come in through other cities. I know that Ethiopia Airlines goes to India and they bring passengers from India through Addis Ababa to Nigeria. So, with the problem in India, I think it will be good to monitor people coming from there.
“You must be proactive to study the routes through which people come from India. We should have an idea of the main route through which people come from India and other information. You cannot just place a ban. So, we need home-grown information on the airlines they use and the number that usually come in.
“The Presidential Steering Committee must look into this. We need proper targeting.”
Tomori also noted and urged Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that there should be more monitoring, stating that statistics of samples testing from some states in recent time is low.
“Some states are testing only one sample in a week. Sometimes only five to eight states send their information to the NCDC. This is why some believe the infection is dropping when in actual fact we are not doing enough testing,” Tomori stated.
By our Reporter.