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Ebola: FAAN Steps Up Check Of Travellers At The Airport

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FAAN Starts Implementing FG’s Directives To Protect Border Against Ebola

In line with the federal government’s directives to its agencies to immediately commence screening of travelers across borders over the outbreak of Ebola in Republic of Congo, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Port Health at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos have deployed their personnel to arrival halls at the airport.

A visit to the airport reveals that officials of the two agencies were screening passengers especially those that arrived from African countries some of which included Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Also, FAAN on Wednesday reassured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports as a result of the outbreak.

A statement by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu noted that since the first recorded case of the virus in Nigeria, through an American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, the agency had not relaxed its surveillance at the airports to forestall any re-occurrence.

Yakubu also noted that all the equipment and personnel used in fighting  the virus in 2014 were still very much at the airports.

“We have always had thermal scanners in our airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. she said 

“We still have hand sanitisers in our restrooms too. When passengers walk pass the scanners, it registers their temperature. If yours is high, you are pulled aside for observation.”

Yakubu confirmed that all relevant agencies, including the Port Health Services had been mobilised and were collaborating effectively to ensure the safety of passengers and airport users at all time.

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