In a bid to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, passengers arriving both from the domestic and international wings of the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, Nigeria are now being made to undergo intense screening.
At least the government is doing all it can to curb the spread that has already claimed the lives of two people in the country, with ten others already confirmed as having the deadly virus.
According to P.M.NEWS, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Port Health Services, a division of the Ministry of Health, started the exercise at the airport last Friday with passengers arriving from the Emirates Airlines being the first to be screened.
It was gathered that another 200 passengers who arrived on board Ethiopian Airline Flight- 911 in the afternoon were also screened.
The passengers comprised nationalities of Sudan, China, Zimbabwe, UAE, among other African and European nationals. An official told reporters that the exercise was now a daily routine at the international and domestic arrivals of the airport.
The exercise, just like in other airports in the country, is being carried out with the use of a special thermometer pointed towards the passengers to take their temperature.
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According to a port health official, “if your temperature is normal, usually below 37 (degrees centigrade), you will be allowed to go but anything beyond 37 you will be asked to step aside and you will be checked more closely.”
Some passengers who spoke to our correspondent said there was nothing wrong with the screening.
Some of them said the screening should have been done inside the plane or targeted at passengers coming from the West African sub-region where the virus is rampant.
A Liberian, Patrick Sawyer was the first person to test positive for Ebola Virus in Nigeria.
The man was taken from the airport and put in isolation in a local hospital, were he died on July 25.
Hopefully similar measure will be adopted at all our borders with neighbouring countries.