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News - May 19, 2017

Ebola: No screening points at Seme border

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Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole

Despite the warning of Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), there are no visible measures in place at the Seme border to check the spread into Nigeria.

Screening points, detecting machines, hand sanitisers and other measures to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the country have yet to be provided at the Seme border.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week announced the outbreak of Ebola disease in the DRC, prompting countries to raise their level of alertness.

Several measures have been put in place at major airports in Nigeria to prevent the dreaded disease, but no such action was seen to prevent the disease at the border.

Checks conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) showed that there were no screening points, sanitisers and detecting machines at the border.

The reports also said travellers and residents were also yet to be sensitised on the re-emergence of the disease in DRC and measures government is putting place to curtail its spread to Nigeria.

Also, Port Health officials were not screening people going in and out of the country through the border.

A port health official, who pleaded for anonymity, said there are no equipment to screen people.

“We are aware of the recent outbreak of Ebola and the need to put measures on ground since this is the busiest border in the country, but there are no equipment for us.

“We have not been given screening machines, sanitisers have not being provided so there is little or nothing that we can do about it.

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