Federal Government evacuates stranded Nigerians from Congo

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The Nigerian Government has evacuated stranded personnel of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on a training programme in Congo.

Agency report indicates that affected staff of the disease control agency previously, were drafted to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo to undergo a special capacity building course with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

It was learnt that the medical team was on a training programme to expand their frontiers of knowledge on the effective treatment of Coronavirus for deployment across Nigeria upon their return.

Mrs. Deborah Iliya, Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, said the medical team had been stranded, following the closure of air and land borders by Congo Brazzaville to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the sister African country.

Mrs. Iliya, in a statement Sunday, March 29, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and his government on “the systemic, practical and sincere efforts” being taken to end the scourge of COVID-19 currently afflicting Nigeria.

“The medical team had been stranded following the closure of air and land borders by the host country.

“In the same vein, the Ambassador, on behalf of the Government of Nigeria, has commended the government and the good people of the Republic of Congo for the singular act of solidarity and standing on good relations by the temporal opening of her airport to facilitate the departure of the team on March 26, 2020.”

The Nigerian envoy said the action of the Congolese authorities had further strengthened the bilateral relations between the two countries.

She noted that President Denis Nguesso of the Republic of Congo had introduced stringent measures aimed at ending the spread of the virus.

Nguesso also had embarked on sensitisation campaigns, Iliya disclosed.

The diplomat noted that the public had also been mobilised for strict observation and compliance with all medical advisory and lockdown directives.

“Essential commodity stores like foods and pharmaceutical stores are exempted, and are allowed to operate for the survival of the people.

“A high level of compliance as regards laid down rules have been consistent.

“I convey our concerns to all those who have been affected by the pandemic virus,” the Nigerian Ambassador to Congo stated.[do_widget id=heateor_sss_sharing-2]