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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Fresh Outbreak of Ebola in Congo; NIS imposes airport screenings henceforth


There is a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. And the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is taking swift action to ensure that Ebola does not enter the country again.

Sunday James who is the NIS Spokesperson told BBC that immigration officials would tighten vigilance at airports and make more use of thermometers to screen passengers.

Sunday James said:
'We are sending a signal to all entry points in the country. The intention is to ensure that any suspected case can be promptly handed over to health officials at the airports. This is a matter which everybody must be concerned about. All hands must be on deck"

The outbreak of this disease killed more than 11,000 people in 2014. Mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola also spread to Nigeria when Patrick Sawyer, who was infected with the virus, flew into the country from Liberia.

This why NIS is taking a swift action to stop  what happened in 2014 from repeating itself.

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