FAAN Intensify Efforts In Fight Against Ebola, Removes Travellers, With High Fever
As part of efforts to prevent the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday, has picked up over 95 per cent of travelers who were detected to have had high fever at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Head of Medical, FAAN, Dr. Adamu Adamu, who disclosed this during a media tour of the Abuja airport, noted that it was working with other agencies of government at the airport, it had established a public health emergency contingency plan at the NAIA and other key international airports in the country in order to effectively guard against the disease.
Meanwhile at this time where hundreds of passengers and crew members on-board Emirates Airlines, including the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, were screened with the thermal camera and hand temperature detector.
According to Adamu, “In this airport, we have a public health emergency contingency plan that we developed in conjunction with the Port Health Services of the Ministry of Health and our partners, Pro-Health International. I am sure you are all aware of the outbreak of Ebola in Congo, which has moved from the rural areas, where it started, towards Kinshasa.
“Because Kinshasa is a hub, it has become a serious concern and the world is probably in trouble. Right now, the World Health Organisation has not declared public health emergency of international concern over the case, but Nigeria has to be proactive because of our previous experience.”
He added, “What we are doing is not an Ebola scan; we are scanning for high temperature fever so that when we discover any passenger with high temperature, we quickly take that person for proper checks. We don’t want to scare people, because there is no cause for alarm. We want people to come to us if they feel sick or if they suspect any one to be sick.
“We are looking at the temperature scan. We are also looking at the travel history of passengers. We have sanitisers that have been positioned in strategic areas so that passengers who are coming into Nigeria will have facilities to clean up their hands. I can assure you that over 95 per cent of people that come to this airport with high fever are detected and picked up.”
Similarly,the Northern Regional Manager, FAAN, Sani Mahmud, stated that surveillance and screening for Ebola virus and other infectious diseases had not stopped in all Nigerian international airports since the virus first entered the country in 2014.
Mahmud who assured that the agency had always ensured that all equipment such as the thermal camera, screening monitors, hand temperature detectors and hand sanitisers were fully operational also added that FAAN’s medical department, Port Health Services and Pro-Health International have intensified collective effort to fight the deadly Ebola virus, since announcement of its outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo on May 8.
According to Mahmud “As far as we are concerned, Ebola screening is an exercise we have been doing since the last time the incident occurred in our country. It is not as if because the Ebola case has been discovered elsewhere again that we are rushing back to site. We have been doing it and we have continued.”