Ebola: Ghana bans all flights from Nigeria, others

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

Ghana is the first country to slam a travel ban on Nigeria over Ebola scare.

Ghanaian authorities have banned all flights from Nigeria and other West African countries over concerns of an Ebola spread.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Airport Company, Charles Asare, said the measure was part of elaborate emergency response the authorities are implementing to contain the virus.

Flights from Nigeria were banned alongside those from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

While hundreds have died from Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, the only confirmed case of the virus in Nigeria involved a Liberian man who died in Lagos on arrival from Monrovia last week.

The Nigerian government said those who were in contact with the man were being quarantined.

No additional case has been established in the country, the government insists.

Despite the lone case, Nigeria has maintained routine flights to top destinations in Europe and the United States- although a few countries have issued travel advice to Nigeria.

Ghana is the first country to slam a travel ban on Nigeria over Ebola scare.

Ghana’s Health Ministry said efforts are underway to create Ebola treatment centres across the country.

The centres will be located in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale, reports say.

Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, was quoted as admonishing Ghanaians to be patient because the government is doing its possible best to protect Ghanaians.

“It is worth bearing in mind that preparedness is not an event but a process,” he was quoted by CAJ news agency as saying.


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