US warns citizens leaving Nigeria that hospitals back home are overwhelmed

US warns citizens leaving Nigeria that hospitals back home are overwhelmed

The US mission in Nigeria has warned American citizens leaving the country that hospitals back home are “overwhelmed.

This comes as two flights earlier scheduled to evacuate Americans from Nigeria was cancelled due to lack of clearance. In a statement on its website on Sunday, the US said its nationals in Nigeria willing to travel back to the States would be responsible for their medical bills.

The statement read in part, “Two flights that were scheduled to depart Lagos on Friday were cancelled due to flight clearance issues in other West African states.

The U.S. government immediately took action to redress the situation and the flights have been rescheduled. “Potential evacuees (should) bear in mind the following considerations in determining if an evacuation flight is in the best interest of you and your family:

“Healthcare systems in many localities in the United States are currently overwhelmed. If you need to seek medical care while in the United States, you will be responsible for all costs not covered by your insurance;

“There are shortages of many basic supplies across the United States, including toilet paper and canned and frozen foods. Many stores, restaurants, and businesses are closed;

“At this time, Nigerian airports are closed to all commercial international flights. If you evacuate to the United States, it is unlikely you will be able to return to Nigeria until the Nigerian government reopens the airports and commercial flights resume.” Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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