Security, safety and health officials working at Nigeria’s international airports have stepped up surveillance on air passengers entering Nigeria from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbouring countries in a bid to checkmate the outbreak of the Ebola virus currently ravaging the Central African countries.
This became necessary as the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, last Wednesday announced that the Federal Government would be stepping up surveillance at all entry points into Nigeria to prevent the spread of Ebola disease into the country.
“Part of the new measures to be taken include screening passengers coming into the country. Not only that, we will be screening incoming passengers, particularly passengers from DRC and neigbouring countries, but will also ensure we step up all activities about screening people coming in so that we will not be caught unawares,” said Adewole.
Daily Sun learnt that some of the countries whose flights entering Nigeria are to be strictly monitored for sick passengers include: South Sudan; Central African Republic; Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, and Rwanda; Angola and Zambia who are all neighbours to DRC. Read more