Abuja Airport starts screening of air travellers for Ebola
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
Passengers of domestic and international inbound flights are now being subjected to intense screening at the Abuja airport as part of measures to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus through the airport facility.
The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Port Health Services, a division of the Ministry of Health started the exercise at the airport last week Friday with Emirates’ passengers being the first to be screened.
Notice.Com.Ng gathered that over 200 passengers who arrived aboard Ethiopian Airline Flight- 911 by 12:30pm yesterday at the arrival wing of the airport, were the first to be screened for the day.
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.
Notice.Com.Ng reporter who monitored the exercise observed that it was carried out with the use of a special thermometers pointed towards the passengers to take their temperature.
A port health official explained that, “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.”
A cross-section of passengers who spoke to Notice.Com.Ng about the exercise expressed what they think of the screening.
“It was a normal thing to be done, thorough. It would have been better if they told the passengers inside the plane that they will be screened,” said Engr. Sheriff, a Sudanese.
For Mrs. Iwenji Ora who arrived from Dubai; “It is a good thing, but at least, they should concentrate on West African countries”.
“It is very good, I am impressed. I am wondering if we will be able to cope because, now the scare is very much there. This is very reassuring that something is being done,” said Mr. Obiaja, who arrived from Ethiopia.
Spokesperson for the airport, Mrs. Henrietta B. Yakubu, informed that no case has been identified since the screening began.
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