FG evacuates stranded NCDC staff from Congo Brazzaville 


The Federal Government has evacuated stranded members of staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, who were drafted to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo to undergo a special capacity building course with the World Health Organisation.

The medical team was on a training programme to expand their knowledge of coronavirus for deployment in the country.

The Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo, Deborah Iliya, said that the medical team had been stranded following the closure of air and land borders by Congo Brazzaville ostensibly, to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

In a statement on Sunday, the envoy commended President Muhammadu Buhari and his government over “the systemic, practical and sincere efforts”  being taken to end the scourge of COVID-19 facing Nigeria.

Iliya said: “This message of support is at the instance of the prompt action taken by the presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in deploying a special flight of the Nigerian Air Force to convey back to the country a team of public health officials of the NCDC, who had been drafted to Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, to undergo a special capacity building course with WHO, a training to expand their knowledge as regards the management of coronavirus and for their prompt deployment.

“This act has in no small measure further strengthened the bilateral harmony that exists between the two countries. Furthermore, the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, has put in stringent measures aimed at ending the spread of the virus as it has actively embarked on sensitisation campaigns, while the public has also been mobilised for strict observation and compliance to all clinical advisory and lock down directives.”

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