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CUPP advocates enhanced health safety protocol, no flights from infected countries

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Nigeria’s opposition political parties, under the aegis of Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has expressed shock over the confirmed coronavirus (CONVID -19) index case in Nigeria, despite the Federal Government’s widely publicised claims of putting necessary strategy in place to ensure that the disease does not find its way into the country.

CUPP said the undetected passage of the virus carrier into the country was a big threat to Nigeria’s survival and development and must be handled with the seriousness it deserves, advising government to establish well-equipped quarantine centres where any person arriving from affected countries would be quarantined for 14 days at the first instance.

In a statement yesterday signed by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugichinyere, the group wondered how the victim was allowed into the country, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to direct stoppage of further entry of flights from affected countries.

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The opposition parties advised President Muhammadu Buhari to order the stoppage of all flights originating from countries with confirmed high cases of the virus, designate an airport for landing of flights from highly infected nations or set up special 14-day quarantine centre for passengers from infected nations.to direct stoppage of all flights from the affected countries where people have contracted the virus:

“We urge this administration not to mishandle this threat the same way it has been handling the issue of insecurity across the country. This call becomes necessary to avoid death of innocent Nigerians, who have already suffered enough…”

It urged Nigerians and other residents not to panic, but adopt proper hygiene and protect themselves from the virus.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Government, yesterday, told residents not to panic and inaugurated a 15-member committee to monitor and check the virus in the state.

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola, while addressing journalists at the state Ministry of Health, said the step became necessary because of the confirmed case in Lagos.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr. Benedict Alabi, the governor charged the committee to immediately swing into action and prevent the virus from spreading into the state.

The committee, headed by Dr. Gbenga Adepoju of the Public Health Care Unit, would also have members from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECHTH) and Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), representatives of World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria Police Force (NPF), pharmaceutical and veterinary doctors.

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