Fed Govt committed to curtailing virus, says minister

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Aug 12th, 2014
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Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka has said the Federal Government is committed to control the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at its airports.

The minister addressed reporters yesterday in Lagos at the end of a two-day inspection of facilities and projects at the local and international wings of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja.

He said part of his visit to the airport was to review the medical procedures, including the screening of inbound and outbound passengers, to ensure that air travellers and other airport users are protected from the virus.

Chidoka said: “I am coming out to make sure that the country does not go back in the fight against the virus. That is why we decided to go to the airports yesterday (Monday) to interact and reassure Nigerians of the government’s commitment to keep our airports safe. It is also to make sure that it is not a transit point for the transmission of the Ebola virus.

“The virus is not a political issue; it is not an issue for passing the bulk. It is not an issue that recognises ethnicity or partisanship. It is an issue against humanity. It is an issue we should all rise up and fight. It is an issue we should all show restraint about and compassion for those who have been affected with the disease.

“So, we want to assure Nigerians of our commitment in keeping our airport EVD-free. It is a commitment I have.”

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