As a result of the declining cases of COVID-19 and the steady increase in vaccination coverage in Nigeria, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC-COVID-19) has advised the relaxation of all COVID-19 safety measures and travel advisories. This includes the lifting of COVID-19 protocols for travellers, the compulsory use of face masks in public spaces and restrictions on mass gatherings.
Due to recent assessments of the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), has also transitioned from weekly case announcements for COVID-19 to biweekly situation reports for COVID-19. However, we continue to advise Nigerians to,
• Visit the nearest government health facility to get vaccinated if you have not been previously vaccinated. Complete your vaccination dose if you are partially vaccinated and get your booster dose for increased immunity.
• Persons in the high-risk category for severe COVID-19 including hospitalisation e.g., the elderly, those with conditions or on treatments that affect their immune systems, and those with hypertension, diabetes and other significant chronic illness are advised to continue to use their facemask in crowded places.
• Wash your hands with soap under running water frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitiser.
• Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a disposable tissue.
• Get tested for COVID-19 if you notice COVID-19-associated symptoms.
• Self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 until you recover. Adhere to the published guidelines for home-based care of mild COVID-19 cases: https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/media/files/COVID19PatientsBookforHomebasedCare.pdf
• Fill out the simplified Health Declaration Form (not exclusive to COVID-19) on the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP) before or on arrival in the country. Although no longer a pre-requisite for travel, we recommend filling out this simple health declaration form prior to travel to Nigeria to avoid any additional delays on arrival at our airports.
NCDC will continue to maintain surveillance (including genomic surveillance [sequencing]) to monitor the COVID-19 trends locally and monitor the global situation to inform public health measures to protect the health of Nigerians.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) is the country’s national public health institute, with the mandate to lead the preparedness, detection, and response to public health emergencies. The Bill for an Act to establish NCDC was signed into law in November 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari. The mission of the NCDC is ‘To protect the health of Nigerians through evidence-based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response, using a One Health approach, guided by research, and led by a skilled workforce.
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Dr Ifedayo Adetifa
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.