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BREAKING: Nigeria Announces Updated COVID-19 Travel Protocol

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The Nigerian government has released the revised travel protocol into Nigeria effective Monday, 25th October, 2021.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, issued a statement on Friday.

The SGF said travellers arriving in Nigeria must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before boarding.

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Henceforth, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated in-bound passengers will be required to observe a mandatory 7-day self-isolation in addition to a COVID-19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after arrival.

Fully vaccinated in-bound passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7-days self-isolation but will be required to do a COVID-19 PCR test on day 2 of arrival.

Also, persons arriving on “Business” trip or on official duty staying less than 7 days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated, produce a negative COVID-19 PCR result 72 hours before boarding, and conduct a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival.

Mustapha explained that the revised travel protocol was based on science, national experience, and global developments.

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JUST IN: NCDC Confirms First Case Of Omicron Variant In Nigeria

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Wednesday confirmed the first case of Omicron variant in Nigeria.

The Centre said in line with the routine travel test required of all international travellers and Genomic sequencing at the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) through Its National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Abuja–confirmed Nigeria’s first case of the Omicron variant, also known as the B.1.1.529 lineage.

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UK Govt Announces Fresh Guidelines As New COVID-19 Emerges

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UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced new measures following the discovery of a new variant of coronavirus.

Two cases of Omicron, a highly infectious strand of the virus, have been recorded in the UK.

According to Johnson, all travellers into the UK will have to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test by the end of the second day of their arrival.

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Travellers must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

“All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

“Face coverings will become compulsory on public transport and in shops – not including hospitality.

“The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) will consider giving boosters to a wider age group, as well as reducing the gap between the second dose and booster,” the new rule stated.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described Omicron as a “variant of concern”, calling on global leaders to take action to contain its spread.

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Snake Bite: Physician Recommends Best Treatment

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A medical doctor, Dr Olakunle Omoteemi has said the best treatment for a bite from a poisonous snake is antivenom in a hospital.

Dr Omoteemi also said without the quick administration of antivenom on snakebite victims, symptoms typically progress to respiratory failure, which leads to cardiovascular collapse and death of the victim.

He added that this typically happens within 7 to 15 hours in the case of a very poisonous snake like a black mamba.

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Advising that all snake bites be handled as an emergency, the physician added that in the event of a snake bite, an ambulance should be called in to convey the victim to the hospital as quickly as possible.

While waiting for medical aid, the medical doctor advised that the victim should be moved away from the striking distance of the snake.

He also advised that the bite be covered with a loose and clean bandage and for the victim to be kept still to prevent the venom from spreading throughout the body.

“However, there are some things that should not be done to a victim of snakebite. These are; the wound should not be cut open, the venom also should not be sucked out of the wound.

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“A tourniquet, ice or water should not be put on the snake bite area, magic stone should not be applied on the wound and alcohol, beverages or any other medications should not be administered to a snake bite victim.

“The only medication that can work when such occurs is an antivenom administration in a government or certified private health facility,” he said.

Omoteemi who warned that a bite from a poisonous snake is dangerous explained that on most occasions, it may be hard to know whether the snake that bit someone is poisonous or not, especially if the snake has not been found.

“Not all snakes are poisonous. But snakes like the black mamba, timber rattlesnake, and copperhead are extremely poisonous and can make someone collapse within 45 minutes.”

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Recall that recently a Nigerian Airforce personnel, Lance Corporal Ogah Bercy died in Abuja as a result of complications from a snake bite.

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According to reports, she was bitten by a snake in her toilet at the Airforce Base, Clinton Drive, Abuja.

DAILY POST reports that she reportedly died because an antivenom was not administered to her on time.

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