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Polio: Qatar Bans Nigerian Travellers Without Proof Of Vaccination

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SAN FRANCISCO, August 02, (THEWILL) – Nigerian travellers who do not possess a valid polio vaccination certificate will not be allowed into Qatar, the oil-rich Arab nation has declared.

Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory Administration in a statement said the Department of State Service (DSS) drew its attention to a report that Qatari authorities had resolved to ban all Nigerian citizens travelling to the country without valid certificate of vaccination against polio.

The report said the ban was a precautionary measure to guide against the spread of the disease in that country.

THEWILL recalls that Nigeria did not record a single case of polio in the last one year.

“In view of the above, John Obinna Chukwu, FCT permanent secretary, wishes to intimate all stakeholders and intending travellers, particularly those resident in the FCT on the need to obtain duly signed and stamped yellow book on polio and other communicable diseases,” a statement issued by the FCT administration on Sunday said.

“Chukwu reiterated that obtaining of this yellow book on polio and other communicable diseases is very necessary to avoid embarrassment at the port of entry into the country.”