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Ebola screening compulsory at Nigeria’s entry points

Western Africa

by Tobi Raphael 0

To contain the Ebola virus disease, travelers are being screened at every point of entry into Nigeria.PHOTO: Nigeria Monitor

“At the Murtala Muhammed International  Airport Lagos passengers are asked to declare their state of health and go through the Ebola screening before boarding there flight,” CNBC Africa reporter Christycole Popoola said while reporting from the Lagos International Airport.

This screening process is to help the government make sure there is no other importation of the Ebola virus into the country and any suspected case can be quarantined.

“It is now more than two months since the July 20 importation of the Ebola virus by Liberian American Patrick Sawyer. Since then Nigeria has seen more than 400 contacts, 19 confirmed cases, 7 death and 12 survivors which culminate in the lowest Ebola mortality rate that the country is now credited with.”


The importation of Ebola into the country has brought about a lot of tension among travellers.

The federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is aware it has to gain the trust of Nigerians and visitors of the country. The airports in Nigeria are under screening by the officers of the port health services under the Federal Ministry of Health.

A FAAN official said that they were ensuring the screening of all passengers from the point of departure. “We ensure that the airlines also live up to their responsibility and so far the processes we have put in place have been very effective in ensuring that we sanitize sanitise the system and building confidence among Air travellers,” the official said.

According to Popoola added, “A screening procedure is carried out on all passengers arriving in the country by port officials working two shifts of eight hours each. [Once] primary screening is done; suspected cases with a temperature more than 37 centigrade are referred for secondary screening before handing over to the authorities. Although all cases of infection are still linked to the index case from Liberia, social analyst and humanitarian experts say Nigeriamust tighten its porous borders if it will truly win the war against EVD.”