Ebola: FAAN in­ten­si­fies screen­ings after Congo out­break

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Chris Agabi

As the Ebola virus con­tin­ues to spread in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, the Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) has in­ten­si­fied the screen­ing of in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers ar­riv­ing Nige­ria.

FAAN also de­bunked re­ports that it pre­vi­ously stopped screen­ing for Ebola and other con­ta­gious dis­eases at the air­port when Nige­ria’s Ebola out­break was de­feated in 2014.

But speak­ing yes­ter­day at the air­port, the FAAN Re­gional Man­ager, North/Air­port Man­ager, Nnamdi Azikiwe In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Abuja Mr. Sani Mah­mud said FAAN “has never stopped screen­ing for Ebola since the first out­break” adding that FAAN has al­ways had its scan­ners and san­i­tiz­ers at the air­port.

He said that FAAN’s med­i­cal de­part­ment, the Port Health Ser­vices and Pro-Health In­ter­na­tional have in­ten­si­fied co­op­er­a­tion to make sure no pas­sen­ger with Ebola gets into Nige­ria.

He said that the scan­ners de­ployed now are like cam­eras and can pick body tem­per­a­tures from afar and trig­ger an alarm on the screen. When that hap­pens, the port health of­fi­cials will iso­late the pas­sen­ger and do fur­ther screen­ing to be sure the pas­sen­gers isn’t sick.

After jour­nal­ists wit­nessed the screen­ing process, Dr Adamu Adamu, Head of Med­i­cal, FAAN, ex­plain that the scan­ner de­tects high tem­per­a­ture of an in­di­vid­ual which is the trig­ger for sec­ond de­gree screen­ing for pos­si­ble Ebola, Yel­low fever or some other in­fec­tious dis­eases.

“I can as­sure you that over 95 per cent of peo­ple that come to this air­port with high fever are de­tected and picked up” he as­sured.

He also noted that be­yond the scan­ners, the health work­ers do due dili­gence to en­sure ev­ery­one is safe in spite their heavy ex­po­sure to all pas­sen­gers, some who might be sick.

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