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Nigeria places alert at ports to screen against coronavirus

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Nigerian authorities on Wednesday said screening measures have been heightened at the country's various ports of entry in response to the outbreak of the novel(new) coronavirus that has been noticed in other parts of the world.
   As part of measures to tackle the pneumonia epidemic caused by the virus, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said in a statement that Port Health Services, a unit of the federal ministry of health, has been placed on alert to thoroughly screen inbound and outbound passengers.
   "The NCDC and its partners are fully committed to strengthening preparedness and response to infectious disease outbreaks and information will be shared with the public as it becomes available," the statement said in part.
   In a separate statement, also in response to the outbreak, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said it has deployed thermal scanners in all airports that monitor the temperature of passengers and capture their pictures.
   Henrietta Yakubu, the spokeswoman for FAAN, said when passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and if too high, they will be pulled aside for observation.
   "In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the FAAN hereby advises passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation's airports," Yakubu said in the statement.
   "The Authority, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, has confirmed the adequacy of the facilities at the nation's airports to prevent the importation of the virus through the airports," she added. 
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