Murtala Mohammed International Airport

“Nigeria doesn’t exactly screen for Ebola”-Aljazeera journalist raises an alarm

A Nigerian-born journalist working for Aljazeera, Caleb Okereke has raised an alarm on Nigeria health authorities for negligence on screening travelers for Ebola.

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Caleb took to his Facebook page to recount how he got into the country unchecked. He disclosed that they were only screened for Ebola in Nairobi, Kenya, further disclosing that he and the other passengers were coming from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.

See his post below-

Did you know that Nigeria doesn’t exactly screen travelers for Ebola?

Came into Lagos a few days ago via Nairobi and while in Nairobi, we were screened for Ebola (completed a questionnaire on the plane and then screened by some machine at JKIA), the official at MM1 just asked; “Are you Nigerian?” then waved us away to let us in.

We must have been at least 100 Nigerians off KQ534 who came into the country unchecked. Nevermind that some of us were traveling from countries with confirmed Ebola cases. (Uganda in my case).

Must also add that the same machine which screened us for Ebola at JKIA in Nairobi was equally available at MM1. It just wasn’t being used. The event worried me and it should worry you too.


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