Ebola screening for Calabar fans

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Sep 4th, 2014
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All ticket holders will be tested for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) before being allowed into the U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State, a top official has told NationSport.

The disease which has no cure was imported into the country by the late Liberian/American diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, and the Cross River State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, told NationSport that all would-be spectators for the Eagles versus Red Devils tie on Saturday must surrender themselves for EVD testing otherwise they would be denied entry to the stadium.

Ugbe explained that although there is no recorded case of the disease in Cross River, the state is taking no chances, especially with the high influx of visitors expected in the city of Calabar for the encounter. The measure would thus help to identify and quarantine visitors who could have the disease so as to prevent its further spread.

“We are aware of the deadly effect of the Ebola virus and because of this, we have mapped out a strategy to ensure that all spectators that come to watch the Eagles are tested for Ebola before they are allowed into the stadium,” Ugbe told NationSport.

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