The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunibe Mamora, declared that; the Federal Government has assured Nigerians, especially those in Wuhan, that if and when the need arises, it will not hesitate to evacuate them from the provinces of China.
This was stated in Abuja, at a press briefing on resolutions reached by the Ministers of Health of the Economic Community of West African States on regional preparedness and response to the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
He said that the health of Nigerian citizens in China was being monitored through the Nigerian Ambassador.
“We are in touch with our Ambassador in China and the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria is also in touch with the ministry, and we are getting information on the condition of Nigerians in Wuhan and we are monitoring the health of our citizens. He said.”
He added that if and when the need arises to evacuate them, we will do so but we don’t want a situation we create panic, this is not time for fear, this is not time for stigmatization, it is time for science. Chinese government is testing everyone that is trying to leave China to ensure that they don’t go and spread the virus.
He also noted that the ECOWAS ministers who met in Mali, emphasized the urgency of the current situation regarding Covid19 (Coronavirus), adding that following expert presentations on the global situation, the ministers resolved to strengthen coordination, communication, and collaboration among member states in preparedness for Covid-19 epidemic, including cross-border collaboration.