Ebola: “No plan to stop Liberia flights” – NCAA

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says it has no plan to ban Liberian airlines from coming into Nigeria, following a fresh outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.

NCAA’s General Manager (Public Affairs), Mr. Fan Ndubuoke, said this on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

It was gathered that a fresh case of Ebola was detected in Liberia, nearly two months after the West African country was declared free of the virus by the World Health Organisation.

The Liberian authorities are monitoring at least 100 people thought to have been in contact with a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Memaigar, who died on June 28 in Margibi County, Liberia.

Ndubuoke said Ebola Prevention and Control was a collaborative effort by the NCAA, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Port Health Services.

According to him, rather than banning the airlines, the various agencies have intensified necessary preventive measures at all the international airports in the country.

He said, “I am not aware of any move to ban any Liberian airline from coming into the country.

“Last year, we were the ones that banned AskAir when we knew that the airline brought in Mr. Patrick Sawyer. We stopped the airline from operating in our country.”

Ndubuoke said adequate facilities were in place at the Port Health Office where inbound and outbound passengers were adequately screened.

He assured the public and intending passengers that all government agencies were on their guard not to allow any passenger who refused to be screened into the country.

Source: NAN