COVID-19: Nigeria to start screening passengers using RTD


The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) has announced that it will start screening passengers coming into the country, using Rapid Diagnostic Test (RTD).

Dr Geoffrey Okatubo, Director, Port Health Services, stated this on Monday in Abuja, during the Ministerial bi-weekly meeting on the update of COVID-19 response and developments in the country’s health sector.

Okatubo said positive cases would be quarantined and all negative cases would be monitored.

He explained that the federal government was undertaking other measures as well to keep the coronavirus situation under control.

“COVID-19 self-tests (RTD) will be handed out at all our international airports, land and sea borders, while travellers will also be informed on the importance of measures that they can take to prevent being infected,” he said.

He noted that the health certificate form was also available at the country’s land borders, and that it was compulsory.

“The health declaration is being done by the Port Health officers at the border,” he said.

He added completing the health declaration was good for the country if the citizens understood the advantages, part of which he said was to protect everyone and was also an international health regulation.