by Kolapo Olapoju
The federal government has collaborated with international airline carriers to set up isolation disease centres at international airports across the country as part of moves to curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
This development comes on the heels of the first case of Ebola virus in Nigeria, which killed Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old man Liberian man.
Yakubu Dati, the Coordinating General Manager of Aviation Parastatals disclosed that the Federal Government has began the screening of international passengers suspected to have the virus.
“We have started the necessary screening at the airports and we are talking to the airlines to ensure that those who board their flights are not in the category of those infected with the virus,” he said. “Secondly, we also look at the manifests thoroughly and on arrival, we look at all the critical issues. Right now, we have the Port Health at the airports and they have set up intensive screening centres, made up of medical personnel.
“We are also in the process of setting up isolation centres so that suspected patients will be isolated before being taken for treatment. So, we are working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health in that direction.”
He added that the isolation centres are only being set up for international airports and international points of entry.