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Ebola: Report yourselves now, FG tells Ugandan returnees

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has advised Nigerians to avoid all but essential travel to Uganda until public health authorities have determined the Ebola outbreak to be contained.

The NCDC made the announcement in a public health advisory signed by its Director General, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, and obtained from its website on Monday.

 The centre said, “When travel to Uganda is unavoidable, travellers are advised to avoid contact with obviously sick persons or suspected cases of Ebola.

“The Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health has scaled up the screening of passengers returning from Uganda at points of entry.

“Persons already in Nigeria but with recent travel history to or transit through Uganda within the past 21 days who experience symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, sore throat, diarrhoea, weakness, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising should promptly call 6232 or state ministry of health hotlines for assessment and testing. Such persons should not visit health facilities by themselves to avoid further spread through the shared transport system (public or private).

“They would be visited at home by dedicated responders for assessment and transported through the designated transport arrangement to the designated treatment centre when required.

“Inbound travellers to Nigeria with a recent travel history to or through Uganda without symptoms on departure but who become unwell while on transit are required to avoid contact with people and to report to the Port Health Services on arrival at the point of entry to Nigeria.”

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