Posted by News Express | 27 March 2020 | 701 times
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has dismissed suggestions in some quarters that it contradicted the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with regard to coronavirus (COVID-19). Jatto A Adams, NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, clarified as follows in a statement on Friday:
The NPA, by its tweet on Thursday March 26, did not contradict the information released to the public by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). What the tweet sought (repeated below) to do was get full details of incident for purposes of record and better management in the future.
“Hello @NCDC. In respect to the 6 new cases that “were detected on a vessel” in Lagos, the Authority in collaboration with Port Health has not recorded any confirmed cases to date.
“To enable verification and proper record keeping, kindly avail us with specific details on the name of the Vessel the passengers were on board, and the Terminal or Jetty where they berthed.”
The NPA needed the clarification to reassure its stakeholders who raised concern over the announcement that six cases were found on a vessel when they as shipping companies, terminal operators, jetty operators did not witness any such passengers through their respective COVID-19 protocol.
The NPA and Ports Health Services have set clear protocols on the identification of sick people on vessels and the management of suspected and confirmed cases in line with best practices set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The protocol is that:
iii. The Ministry of Health will send an epidemiologist who will go on board with Port Health, take samples from the suspected sick person and then report to the NCDC.
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