Nigeria Commences Ebola Screening At Nation’s Airports

It was observed that, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos, revealed that sanitisers and scanning apparatus called thermal scanners were already installed by port health services at arrivals terminal of the airport.

FILE – In this Monday Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, a Nigerian port health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Two new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria and, in an alarming development, they are outside the group of caregivers who treated an airline passenger who arrived with Ebola and died, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

It was also observed in Abuja Airport that international passengers were properly undergoing screening for symptoms of Ebola. Similar screening is ongoing at the Lagos airport.

All facilities needed for the screening exercise had been in place since 2014 when Nigeria first experienced the disease and made frantic effort to contain it.

Responding to how prepared the country is for the disease, the acting general manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Henrietta Yakubu, had said last week that passengers still fill forms to ensure that those arriving the country through the airports were not potential carriers of deadly diseases.

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