Nigeria clears Olympic Contingent to travel to Brazil

Nigeria clears Olympic Contingent to travel to Brazil

The sporting authority in Nigeria has approved a decision allowing the Nigerian Olympic Contingent to travel to Brazil to attend the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro amid concerns over spread of Zika virus in that country.

The country's Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole announced that there are substantial grounds for preventing the team from travelling to the Latin American Country but said that the government has not decided not to stop the qualified participants to travel to country.

Professor Adewole, "Should we discourage Nigerian contingent from going there? The answer is no as there is no sufficient grounds to discourage them.But I will discourage pregnant women from going to that region. Otherwise, all you have to do is to protect yourself. Zika virus is now in United Kingdom. The real challenge is to be on alert." He said that Brazil and Columbia are the most affected countries with estimated cases ranging between 600,000 and 1,700,000.

The WHO has said that the mosquito-borne virus is spreading in the Americas and there might be up to four million cases this year. Global scientists have requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take actions to control the Zika virus as it might become an epidemic.