Nigeria sets up Ebola screening at international airports

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The federal government of Nigeria has put up additional personnel, thermal scanners and sanitizers in its two major international airports in efforts to avoid an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, reports the Punch.

Nigeria’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos are the first airports with the facilities to screen Ebola set up, however the government is working towards doing the same at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State and Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

These measures have been put in place following recent reports of an outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organisation confirmed the death of at least one person as a result of Ebola in the North-East of Congo.

“Of course, the Congo incident has called for increased surveillance and screening. I’ve spoken with our doctors in Lagos, Port Health officials as well as those in Abuja and FAAN will definitely come up with something. There has to be increased surveillance now that Ebola has been detected in Congo,” said the Acting General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu.

Ms. Yakubu further added that although the screening of passengers had been on since the last Ebola incident in Nigeria surveillance has been stepped up for inbound travellers following the recent Ebola scare.

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