Passenger slumps, dies at airport

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Aug 11th, 2014
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•Ebola test on him proved negative, says FAAN

There was anxiety at the arrival floor of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos yesterday as a passenger on queue at the Port Health Unit of the terminal building slumped and died.

It was while the passenger, Mr. Akunne Osei, was waiting to collect his vaccination and inoculation certificate otherwise known as “Yellow Card.”

The passenger, who was identified as a Nigerian, was said to be on his way to Ghana for medical attention.

The incident coincided with the maiden visit of the new Aviation Minister, Chief Osita Chidoka, who inspected facilities at both the domestic and international terminals of the airport.

Sources at the airport said that the passenger arrived Lagos last Friday for business transactions and took ill in the process.

When his health worsened, the sources said, he called his Accra, Ghana-based doctor, who advised him to return for further medical treatment.

Confirming the incident, spokesman of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Yakubu Dati, said: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform the public that a Nigerian passenger residing in Accra, who arrived Lagos for business transactions aboard an Arik Air flight on August 8, has died at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, on his way back to Accra.

“The passenger, Mr. Akunne Osei took ill on Saturday, August 9, and started stooling. When the situation got worse, he called his doctor in Accra who instructed him to return to Ghana immediately for further treatment. During boarding formalities for his return trip to Accra, at the international terminal of the MMIA, Mr. Osei, who had obviously become weak at this time, was subjected to Ebola Virus test by port health officials, the result of which was negative.”

He added: “No further attention was paid to him after his Ebola Virus result read negative, but the passenger later slumped and died around the port health office. This release is necessary to forestall the possible dissemination of unfounded and misleading media reports on the unfortunate incident.”

One of his relations that accompanied him to the airport was shouting his name after he collapsed.

Worried over the incident, security officials at the airport restricted access towards the area where the man lay lifeless on the floor. It was learnt that aviation security and medical personnel to the body to a nearby morgue.

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