The Federal Government is taking no chance to ensure that the dreaded ebola disease is kept in check. It has directed all port health service officials and other relevant agencies at all points of entry to heighten surveillance and screen all passengers arriving the country.
Government has also directed that any suspected case must be presented for relevant test in line with global best practice on disease emergency control and prevention.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdulaziz Abdullahi Mashi, gave the directives in Lagos on Thursday while inspecting the Port Health facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport with officials of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, to ascertain the level of preparedness to handle any possible incidence of Ebolain Lagos.
Mashi expressed satisfaction that all the “Thermal Cameras” for passenger screening were functioning perfectly even as he promised to provide more cameras and deploy additional personnel as a result of heavy traffic at the airport.
“More doctors, nurses and other health officials would be deployed to the port health services at the International Airport, consumable required for day to day activities at the Airport would also be adequately provided,” Mashi said.
The permanent Secretary, directors of the ministry and h officials of the NCDC inspected Terminals D and C entry screening points, consulting room, secondary investigation room and isolation center for passengers whose symptoms may be suspect as infectious and harmful to others.
Mashi also met with the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs. Titilayo Goncalves to express appreciation on the level of preparedness and surveillance system against Ebola virus by the state government.
He urged continous collaboration between the the Federal Ministry of Health and Lagos State Ministry of Health to forestall importation of any disease into the country, describing Lagos as a major entry point for visitors to Nigeria which required high alertness and surveillance system.
Mrs. Goncalves said that Lagos state was always alert to combat emergencies and described as unfounded recent information circulating in the social media that an Ebola victim had entered Nigeria. A suspected sick person has been tested and fund negative, she disclosed.
“I want to authoritatively tell you that the patient was tested and the result was negative, she is well and has been discharged, everybody should put his mind to rest there is no Ebola in Lagos”, she declared.
The Federal Permanent Secretary also inspected the modern Cancer Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he expressed delight in the state-of-the-art facilities at the centre.