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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  • CEO

    A country that values human lives.

  • Omo Akin

    It appears the Federal and Lagos Government officials have done a good job in handling the ebola case. For Ghana to ban flight from Nigeria is just playing to the gallery. Ghana is much closer to the center of the outbreak and it is Nigeria that should have banned flights from Ghana. Well it not the fault of Ghana. If Nigeria is well-managed, what would a Nigerian be looking for in Ghana? It is instructive that no other country banned flight from Nigeria.
    To my fellow compatriots, you cannot be doing the same thing the same way and expect a different outcome. PDP has been in power at the Federal level now for 15 years and the country has been going from bad to worse and every little country now embarrassing us. Come 2015, vote out PDP at the Federal level. Four years after that, if the desired change does not come, vote out whatever party is in power. Do not reward failure more gift.
    I expect the yahoo boys to attack this comment, so over to you redeem & others.

  • Free thinker

    Hmmm… What goes around comes around.

  • Ayemi

    I think it is good for Nigeria to have received such huge insult from Ghana. I also think this is the time for all our politicians and the so-called business men and women who refused to see anything good about their own country until they get to Ghana to begin to use their thinking faculties on what they need to do manage Nigeria well. Jonathan!!! think before it is too late.

    • Adeyemi

      A country takes radical step to protect its citizens and you dare open your mouth to challenge that? You should ask why Nigeria banned as ASKY airline flights on account of the same reason. This cheap patriotism should lead you to ask for a more accountable governance in Abuja not fanning silly embers of quaint nationalism against Ghana

    • Adeyemi

      A country takes radical step to protect its citizens and you dare open your mouth to challenge that? You should ask why Nigeria banned as ASKY airline flights on account of the same reason. This cheap patriotism should lead you to ask for a more accountable governance in Abuja not fanning silly embers of quaint nationalism against Ghana

      • viokand

        ASKY suspended their daily flights from Liberia, how will you feel if all western world and Asians ban all their flights from Africa because of Ebola inorder to protect their citizens, it is also legitimate but senseless, Ghana did not even ban Chinese flights when their was an epidemic of SARS scare in China,

  • kingbaabu

    Overreaction by Ghanaians when everyone clearly agrees that containment of the problem has been excellent in Nigeria.

  • Lawrence Agha

    There’re report in other media that this is not true, Arik Air and other Airlines still operate their scheduled flights from Nigeria to Ghana. Premium Times should therefore verify this newsreport and pull it down if need be.