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Ebola: Federal Government Directs Ports Officials To Heighten Surveillance




The health service officials and other relevant agencies at the entry of Nigeria have been directed by the Federal Government to strengthen their surveillance seeing that all passengers coming into the country are screened.

The Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs Boade Akinola, revealed this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja.

Mrs Akinola stated that the directive was given by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Abdulaziz Mashi, while inspecting health facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The permanent secretary with some directors from the ministry, and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) inspected the health facilities.

She stated that the inspection came as a result of the report making rounds about Ebola threats in Lagos.

Mashi in his statement, claimed that the Thermal Cameras used to screen incoming passengers in the country are functioning perfectly.

He called on the Federal Government to increase the number of cameras and deploy more manpower as a result of heavy traffic at the airport.

He said, “more doctors, nurses and other health officials will be deployed to the port health services at International Airports for day to day activities.”

He appreciated the Lagos State Government on its preparedness and surveillance system against the Ebola virus.

He said the ministry and Lagos State Ministry of Health had been working together to forestall importation of any disease into the country and called for continuous collaboration.

The Federal Ministry of Health called on the public to disregard any unverified information.

The ministry said that since the reports of the outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance had been ongoing at various points of entry to prevent the importation into Nigeria.

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