The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a deadly contagious Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday posited that that at least one person had been confirmed dead due to the virus in the country’s north-east.
The WHO, Liberia, Nigeria some other nations recently battled and defeated this deadly contagious disease called Ebola late last year.
Here in Nigeria, Ebola virus disease was experienced sometimes in July, 2014 when a Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who had the disease flew from Liberia to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State of Nigeria and died five days later.
Nigeria Government scrutinized and observed all of Patrick Sawyer’s contacts for signs of infection and increased surveillance at all entry points to the country.
Nigeria government curtailed Ebola virus disease, spread of the virus was national fought and defeated and Nigeria was declared and proclaimed Ebola free by World Health Organisation (WHO).
The outbreak of the virus in Congo threw Nigeria into danger alert and this red alert is to sensitized the public and assures the public of adequate preventive measures the government will put in place.
In the light of the above, the Acting G.M, Corporate Affairs Division of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday has assured and calmed the general public in the country of adequate surveillance and preventive measures at the nation’s international and local airports following the outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo and stated that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.
Port Health officials were at alert at all airports
Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu was further quoted as follows:
“We don’t have direct flights from Congo, we only have from Rwanda but I want to assure members of the public that we still have all preventive measures in place at our airports.
“There are sanitisers at our arrivals with the scanning apparatus called Thermal scanners being installed by the Port Health Services.
“The scanners have camera monitors that display pictures aside the capturing of temperature.
“Passengers still fill that form to ensure that everybody arriving the country through our airports are not potential carriers of deadly diseases.
“The port health officials are always at alert and we will also inform them of the need to increase their surveillance.
“So, there is no cause for alarm”.
Nigerian must be very sensitive and observant and report any suspicious case to the relevant authority because Meningitis Endemic in Nigeria took over 1000 lives in the North and Ebola must be given a closer attention.