Nigeria is not alone with the health declaration form — PSC — Daily Nigerian
The Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, dismissed the idea that health declaration forms were unique to Nigeria’s borders.
The committee indicates that for border control and surveillance, there have always been health declaration forms, as this is not specific to the country.
Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad, National Incident Officer, Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on COVID-19 said Tuesday in Abuja.
Travelers entering the country who were asked to upload their health certificates regarding COVID-19 and other infectious diseases like Ebola as a requirement, called on the government to stop the process.
They also alleged that the country alone had the difficult requirement.
“Let me take you back to the story; you know, for border control and surveillance, there have always been health declaration forms.
“We have for yellow fever, meningitis, cholera, even during the period of smallpox that we had.
“All of this has made the world realize that there is cross-border transmission of infection and that each country has its own set of rules.
“So it’s not true that it’s only Nigeria making the health declaration; many countries practice the same,” he explained.
He said regarding the COVID-19 certificate, or health declaration certificate, it was a universal requirement.
He further explained that when COVID-19 arrived, they all added COVID-19 to the health declaration form.
“Right now what we are doing is we are reversing the situation to try to get back to the normal health declaration form if COVID-19 is no longer a risk internationally.
“It’s just a process. It’s not something Nigerians have to look at the parameters.’
“The PSC on COVID-19 has been monitoring the situation over the past six months and realized that the country has seen a sustained decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases,” he said.
He disclosed that the CPS on COVID-19 noted a sustained decline in the importation of COVID-19 infections from other countries.
Muhammad explained that there had been a steady decline in hospitalizations and the country had recorded no deaths in the past 40 days, adding that these were the clues and that should be maintained.
“So with that now we’re ready, we’re ready to look at what needs to change in the current regulations and it’s not just Nigeria, there are a lot of them.
“We review this daily, work with the International Civil Aviation Authority and they provide guidance on requirements for other countries,” he said.
He explained that so far developed countries that have dropped their regulations were probably because of their high level of vaccination and the booster doses of COVID-19 they had taken.
“Some of them realize that it is no longer necessary to do tests, to upload vaccination certificates, but many countries still do it,” he said.
He said that as of November 23, about 85 countries still require people to take tests before departure, and about 49 countries still require people arriving in their country to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.
He added that there were countries, around 30 of them, that required people to quarantine upon arrival, including Canada, China and even Africa.
“Many of our African countries, Niger and Ghana, have some form of protocol or another.
“But we understand, we bear the pressure, we know that Nigerians are calling us, especially people who have traveled a lot say they have been all over the world.
Muhammad said uploading the health declaration form was nothing as it could be done in less than two minutes.
“So if we don’t have this health declaration form in place, the danger is that we won’t be able to track not only COVID-19, but we currently have Ebola in Uganda and other parts of the country. Africa.
“We want to follow people who are at risk of transmitting this infection to other people.
“So with the health declaration form, we will be able to know where the person is arriving, where they will be, their telephone number and their address.
“The system will resume between the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC to notify the final destination.
“Whether it’s state or local government, we have district surveillance officers who will take that person almost immediately because diseases like Ebola can wreak havoc within hours,” he said. he declares.
He also explained that people could enter the country as symptomatic, noting that they had no signs of illness or infection.
“So in public health, what we do is that during this period, these people can still transmit the disease.
“So if you have this contact tracing mechanism, the form only helps us do this contact tracing mechanism and help you.
“For example, on an airplane, we know your seat number, we know who is sitting next to you on your left, who is sitting next to you on your right, who is in front of you, who is behind you, and these people are already at risk.
“With this form, we will be able to track and monitor them, because they are susceptible and can also be infected during the transit trip in the flight and they can also infect other people.
“So it helps us identify people because the disease doesn’t happen immediately,” he explained.
He said the health declaration form had several items, where people indicated where they had been.
“For example, anyone who has visited Uganda, for us, is a person of interest because we know that Ebola is circulating throughout that region.
“The person may not have contracted Ebola, they may not have any symptoms and we cannot prevent that person from entering Nigeria.
“But once he/she arrives in the country and we realize he/she was on the plane with someone who had active Ebola or after he/she arrived and started expressing symptoms quickly, that person should be isolated,” he said. .
Muhammed said the health certificate form was also available at the country’s land borders, noting that it was also available as a mandatory form and had been around since the seventies.
“The health declaration is done by port health officers at the border,” he said.
The incident manager said that for every rule and regulation, there were people who liked to take shortcuts and didn’t follow them.
He noted that those who are fully vaccinated must complete the health and summit declaration form, which allows them to board.
“Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people, that’s where the problem comes in, that’s why they did the test 48 hours before they got on the plane and after they arrived on the second or third day.
“There is a difference between what is in the regulations and what people do.
“Nigerians who are going to Qatar now, ask them if they have to fill in their vaccination records. If they don’t, then they have to do a PCR test,” he said.
He said completing the health declaration form was good for the country if citizens understood the benefits, noting that it was to protect everyone and it was an international health regulation, not particular to the country. Nigeria.
He revealed that the PSC on COVID-19 was considering how to change the requirements.
He noted that face masks were discretionary, that people should wear their face masks in an enclosed environment and that it was also recommended when shopping.
“We’re going to lift a lot of the issues that people see as restrictions and we’re going to fix them and we’ll make the announcement very soon.
“We have taken action now; we are making some changes and we have simplified the form.
“So it’s going to be of general use for all other illnesses like it was before COVID-19 and it’s going to be effective,” he explained.