Following the recent outbreak of the deadly ebola virus in Congo which has reportedly killed many, Nigerians who have been using the airports in the country lately have raised an alarm that there is no screening of passengers.
While some social media users disclosed the measures put in place by some countries to check for the deadly virus, others recounted how a Liberian man carrying the virus came into Nigeria and infected several others, leading to the death of some medical personnel, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh.
Here are some tweets below;
However reacting to the tweets and campaign for a check, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dr Joe Abah disclosed that the checks are being done with thermal imagers on laptops without coming in contact with passengers.
“You don’t get physically scanned anymore. Your body gives off heat that is seen on a thrmal imager on a laptop. If you are sick, as you walk past, you’ll be pulled over.
However a new tweet from the official handle of Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole who shared photos of ebola screening materials being used at Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, reads;
I paid an unscheduled visit to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport today to monitor screening of Ebola by Port Health workers. We now use full body scanners instead of the hand held devices. Everybody coming into the country is being screened.
The ebola virus outbreak is “not under control” and has started to spread across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing dozens in its path, as the Health Minister urges people to be vaccinated before the virus reaches pandemic levels.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the Ebola outbreak in the DRC as sitting on an “epidemiological knife-edge”, as the virus ravages through the West African country. The government has so far confirmed nine deaths, however, it is widely believed a total of 22 people have been killed by the virus so far.