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Congo Ebola Outbreak: FAAN assures air travellers adequate protection


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has re-assured passengers and other airport users of safety across its network of airports nationwide.

The assurance came barely 24 hours after a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The FAAN authorities in a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, noted that since the first recorded case of the virus in Nigeria, through an American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, the Authority had not relaxed its surveillance at the airports to forestall any re-occurrence.

Yakubu confirmed that all the equipment and personnel used in combating the virus in 2014 were still stationed at the airports for preventive interventions.

She stated: “We have always had thermal scanners in our airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. We still have hand sanitisers in our restrooms too. When passengers walk pass the scanners, it registers their temperature. If yours is high, you are pulled aside for observation.”

The Authority hinted further that all relevant agencies, including the Port Health Services, had been mobilized and were collaborating with its officials and those of other relevant agencies to ensure the safety of passengers and airport users at all time.