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EBOLA: Increase surveillance, FG warns ports officials

Federal Government has directed health service officials and other relevant agencies at the points of entry to Nigeria to increase surveillance and ensure that all passengers coming to the country are screened.

The directive for increased surveillance was given by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr Abdulaziz Mashi, during an inspection of health facilities at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

According to the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola, in a statement on Friday, in Abuja, Mashi was in the company of some directors from the ministry, and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to inspect the facilities.

The inspection, she said, was carried out against the backdrop of the rumour of the dreaded disease being in Nigeria.

She said the inspection was to ascertain the level of preparedness in case of any emergency.

She said Mashi noted that the "Thermal Cameras" used for the screening of incoming passengers into the country were functioning well.

The government official was said to have stressed the commitment of the government to ensure the prevention of the importation of diseases into the country.

According to him, the number of the cameras would be increased just as more manpower would be deployed to match the increasing traffic at the airport.

The statement said Mashi pointed out that his ministry and the Lagos State Ministry of Health were working hand in hand to ensure that no disease was brought into the country.

It would be recalled that Mashi had debunked the rumour that ebola had been imported into the country.

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