The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has warned transport owners and their drivers to stop with immediate effect the conveyance of sick people with no medical report.
Chukwu, gave the directive at a meeting with officials of National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and National Association Road Transport Workers (NURTW), in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Specifically, transport owners and their drivers have been directed not to carry any passenger that is sick until such a passenger or his relations produce a medical report indicating that the sickness is not Ebola and the report must not be more than one week old, according to report from Daily Independent.
They have also been directed to redesign their manifests to provide for easy tracing and tracking in case of any eventuality.
Hotel owners have also been advised to ensure that their workers do not work with bare hands but must use gloves always.
The Health Minister charged the transport owners and their drivers to ensure that any driver that shows some symptoms of ill-health is not allowed to drive, but be allowed to go to the hospital and be treated. The aim of the meeting, the minister explained was to carry along transport owners and drivers in the fight against Ebola.
The minister charged the drivers to ensure they use only ambulances to carry any sick person and that the driver and those that follow the ambulance must be protected.
“If you are sick, why must you attend meeting, take permission and go to hospital. There is no need for one who is sick to enter airplane.
“From now onward, for you to carry any sick person, you must demand for sick report and that medical report, certainly, must not be more than one week old.
“If you look at the report and it is more than one week, tell your members not to accept it because we want to be sure so that the person will not mix up with other passengers and even for the driver.
“Once people are sick they don’t have to travel, if they must travel because they have to be conveyed, that must be in an ambulance; if they cannot have an ambulance, tell them to go and make a special arrangement.
“Even the driver and the conductor that will carry them must protect themselves. The person who is sick should not go to a meeting, they should go and seek medical help
“Any vehicle that must carry any sick person, the driver and the conductor must be adequately protected.
“Drivers are at high risk of the disease because they are the ones that carry corpses, hence the need for them to take precautionary measures,” he noted.
Earlier, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Nwogu, said the meeting was with those in charge of articulated vehicles, buses, taxies and all other mode of conveyance from point A to point B.
He said the meeting was to bring together key stakeholders to join the fight against Ebola disease.
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