The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, on Monday paid an unscheduled visit to the Port-Health Service stand of the Nnamdi International Airport Abuja in an effort to ensure that screening measures are heightened at all ports of entry.
In a press statement released by the ministry, the minister’s visit was to allay fears that medical teams were not at any point of entry.
According to the statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Boade Akinola, ”the minister watched passengers through a Monitoring/Screening gadget as they arrived via African World Airline from Accra, Ghana”.
The minister said the Ministry of Health and agencies were committed to ensuring the health and safety of all Nigerians by making sure no disease ”including Ebola was imported into the country”.
He added that Nigeria is better prepared to ”effectively prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease at all times”.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), earlier declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), saying that at least one person had been confirmed dead.
As part of the Federal Government’s efforts to forestall another round of Ebola outbreak in the country, personnel, thermal scanners and sanitisers were earlier deployed to major international airports in Nigeria.
Reaffirming the on-going screening activity, the Abuja Airport Manager, Sanni Mahmud, according to the statement said, screening of passengers had not stopped at any time.
Nigeria was declared free of Ebola virus by the WHO in October 2014 and the country praised for its handling of the disease which caused about 4,500 deaths across West Africa.
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