Ebola: NPA gives seaports clean bill of health

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has declared that all ports in the country are free from the deadly Ebola Virus Diseases (EVD).

Speaking to newsmen, NPA’s Assistant General Manager Public Affairs, Mr. Musa Iliya said the authority is fully prepared to prevent the deadly virus from rearing its head at Nigerian ports.

Iliya noted that NPA has begun sensitization and awareness programme in all the ports across the country and has also increased the level of awareness in all terminals in the country.

He said the NPA medical department was working with other agencies such as port health, safety department and other medical facilities to fashion out effective means of enlightenening port users and other members of the public.

“The awareness campaign will be continuous until the virus is contained in the country. There has not been a reported case of Ebola in the seaport, so our seaports are Ebola-free,” he said.

Meanwhile the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed relevant authorities to make whole body scanners available at designated ports of entry into the country.

The council issued the directive in Abuja on Wednesday during the Emergency Council on Health meeting which deliberated on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

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