Ebola: Health Minister slams Kenya Airways for flying corpse into Nigeria

The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has flayed Kenya Airways for transporting a corpse from Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo to the country without proper documentation.

Congo is currently battling an outbreak of Ebola‎, which Nigeria successfully contained in 2014 – after Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian, imported it into the country.

Nigeria has been on the alert since the recent outbreak in DR Congo.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Minister called for an investigation into the circumstances leading to the conveyance of the corpse to the country.

He also called for sanctions if the airline is found to have violated laid down rules in the transportation of bodies.

The corpse was brought into the country on Monday, and checks by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital indicate it is negative for Ebola.

The corpse was quarantined by the Port Health Services (PHS) to ascertain if Ebola virus killed the young man.

Adewole said laboratory test conducted on the corpse revealed it was free of Ebola. 

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