Ebola: FG orders surveillance at ports, borders


The Federal Government has directed all port health service officials and other relevant agencies to step up surveillance activities for all passengers entering the country to forestall Ebola virus outbreak.

It said anyone suspected to be showing symptoms of the haemorrhagic fever should be immediately tested in line with the global practice on disease emergency control and prevention.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi, gave the directive in Lagos while inspecting health facilities alongside some directors from the ministry, and staff of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The purpose of the inspection was to ascertain the level of preparedness in case of an emergency following the rumored Ebola threats in Lagos.

“More doctors, nurses and other health officials would be deployed to the port health services at the international airport, consumable required for day to day activities at the airport would also be adequately provided,” Mashi said.

The permanent secretary appreciated the efforts of Lagos State Government on preparedness and surveillance system against the Ebola virus, noting that the thermal cameras used to screen incoming passengers into the country are functioning perfectly.

He also reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to increase the number of cameras and deploy more manpower as a result of heavy traffic at the airport.

The Federal Government recently debunked the news of a positive case of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

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