The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has appealed to Nigerians to desist from buying fairly used imported clothes as they may infect their users with coronavirus.
NEMA head of Imo/Abia operations, Evans Ugoh said this in Owerri while addressing disaster stakeholders in a workshop on Sunday organized by NEMA.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday officially declared the COVID-19 as a global pandemic as the death toll rose outside China with Italy recording over 600 deaths.
He noted that the continuous patronage of imported fairly used textile, fairly used clothes is a direct invitation of the virus into Nigeria.
Ugoh urged the federal government to place serious sanctions on the importation of fairly used textiles in other to discourage smugglers from bringing them into the country.
“This is a message to all Nigerians who are in the habit of patronizing fairly used clothes imported from abroad particularly contact countries
“We should be aware that those already diagnosed with the virus abroad could also dispose of their clothes where it could eventually be imported to Nigeria”, he added.
He also urged the government to step up the awareness campaign on CoronaVirus in Nigeria.
The agency also called for the inclusion of disaster management as part of an academic course in universities and polytechnic curriculum.