Friday, 31 October 2014

Suspected Ebola Patient Triggers Panic At Lagos Airport


Passengers and other users of the Murtala
Muhammed International Airport, Lagos were on
Wednesday thrown into panic as a suspected
Ebola patient was flown into the country by Royal
Air Maroc in the early hours of the day.
The Moroccan airline arrived Lagos from

Casablanca at 6am.
The victim, one Theophilus Onnakhinon, a
Nigerian, was said to have been flown into the
country by the airline, while his younger brother,
Chinedu Eroka, absconded from Sierra Leonean
authorities. As at the time of filing this report, it
was not clear why Eroka absconded from the
Sierra Leone.
A source close to the Port Health Services at the
airport, who spoke on condition of anonymity,
explained that the passenger had already been
treated for the Ebola Virus Disease and declared
cured.
The source said the passenger was assisted into
the country by a Nigerian consular official, Mrs.
T. Mohammed. According to the source, the
consular officer accompanied Onnakhinon into
the country in order to avoid stigmatisation by
Nigerian health officials and others at the airport.
On arrival, he was immediately handed over to the
Port Health officials, who immediately isolated
and quarantined him.As of the time of filing this
report, Onnakhinon was still being observed by
the Port Health officials.
The source said, “It is true that there was an
Ebola scare at the Lagos airport today, but the
fact is that the victim had been cured of the
disease in Sierra Leone before being assisted into
Nigeria by our consular officer in that country.”

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