Coronavirus: Togo reinforces protection against the disease

Friday, 06 March 2020 13:33
Coronavirus: Togo reinforces protection against the disease

(Togo First) - Last Wednesday, the ministries of health, transports, and various partners of Togo, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), met to discuss ways to fight coronavirus. This was in a context where the disease recently spread to the West African region, to Nigeria and Senegal precisely. 

During the meeting, participants reviewed measures taken at the Airport of Lomé against potential contamination, in addition to assessing available tools aligning with the same purpose.

Lomé has become a hub today. There are many flights to the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Therefore, we must reinforce measures against the disease at the airport,” said Latta Dokissime Gnama, MD of the National Agency for Civil Aviation (ANAC). 

We have put in place many measures, including staff training so they know how to handle people; we have set up thermo-scanners, provided forms for passengers to fill when boarding a plane, to track them for 14 days (...) In addition to that, we have a monitoring unit, which is a crisis cell that keeps watch on every movement.” 

Besides these, the meeting’s participants also looked at measures to prevent the virus from entering the country through the port of Lomé whose staff was reinforced as well. On the same occasion, Dr. Fatoumata Binta Diallo, resident representative of WHO, lauded efforts made by Togo to have no case of coronavirus. “The country is very advanced in terms of preparation, and surveillance especially,” she said. 

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