NPA disputes NCDC’s claim of six Covid-19 cases discovered on vessel

NPA disputes NCDC’s claim of six Covid-19 cases discovered on vessel

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has denied reports by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that six new cases of the dreaded coronavirus (covid-19) were detected on a vessel in Lagos.

The NCDC had on Thursday night said that 14 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in Nigeria, raising the total number from 51 to 65.

 According to the NCDC, 12 of the new cases were in Lagos while two are in Abuja. The centre said of the 14 cases, six were detected on a vessel, three are returning travellers into Nigeria and one is a close contact of a confirmed case.

The NPA through its official twitter handle on Friday morning however, said the authority in collaboration with the Port Health Services have not recorded any cases till date.

The NPA urged the NCDC to avail both port agencies with details of the vessel, the passengers on board and the terminal or jetty where they berthed.

NPA tweets, “Hello @NCDC.gov. In respect to the six new cases that ‘were detected on a vessel in Lagos’, the Authority in collaboration with Port Health has not recorded 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 and the passengers that were on board and the terminal or jetty where they berthed.”