The Presidential Taskforce PTF on COVID-19 has raised an alarm that some Worldwide vacationers who’re COVID-19 constructive, are coming into the nation with pretend COVID-19 PCR unfavorable outcomes.
Recall that the Federal authorities introduced that one of many protocols to be obeyed because the worldwide airspace reopens is for all inbound passengers to bear a COVID0-19 take a look at 72 hours earlier than arriving Nigeria and that the end result should be unfavorable.
Nonetheless, the Nationwide Co-Ordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, right this moment mentioned fraudulent actions have been seen in among the take a look at outcomes introduced on arrival. In accordance with Sani, some travellers arrived within the nation with unfavorable COVID-19 take a look at outcomes however had been later found to be COVID-19 constructive. He acknowledged this when he and different members of the taskforce appeared earlier than the Joint Senate Committee on Well being and Aviation on the testing procedures following the reopening of the Worldwide airspace.
After we began the evacuation flights, the association then was that folks coming into the nation might want to have a unfavorable COVID-19 PCR end result, with the take a look at validity put on the time in seven days.
There have been indications from some particular nations the place we had as much as 40% of the passengers within the single flight coming in with a unfavorable COVID-19 PCR end result and subsequently being examined and located constructive”he mentioned
Sani mentioned the take a look at outcomes introduced by inbound travellers can not be trusted. He mentioned 13 nations have been recognized to have vacationers with pretend COVID-19 take a look at outcomes and the Federal authorities has written to the embassies to right this anomaly.