You cannot fault any country for being proactive, rather than reactive, in taking every stringent measure in protecting their people against the most viciously deadly plague of our life time – the Ebola.
This Ebola virus has been ravaging the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March of this year, 2014. In spite of the world wide publicity the plague engendered since then; despite the close geographical proximity of Nigeria to the region inflicted and infected; and given the fluidity of movement of people in the West African sub-continent, the authorities and Government of Nigeria never bothered to take any precautionary measures to protect Nigerians. Proactive measures like the screening of the hordes of people at the border crossings and the airports; the gathering and dissemination of information on this deadly virus, could have either prevented the Liberian index carrier of Ebola into Nigeria from entering into the country in the first place. Or, these measures could have equipped the healthcare givers at the hospital the knowledge about the plague, so as to first, be suspicious of their diabolical patient, and secondly take precautions to protect themselves.
Like everything else in Nigeria, nobody cares; nobody gives a damn, from the lowliest to mightiest; anything goes. Everybody is busy chasing the almighty naira at a breakneck speed, and with reckless abandon: embezzling funds and being embezzled; bribing and being bribed. Like anything else that comes out of the official circles in Nigeria, perhaps the reactionary measures purported to being put in place to combat the spread of the Ebola plague – reminds me of closing the barn when the cattle are already out and about – are nothing more than empty gestures and pronouncements for the world to consume. –CCObiajunwa-

Ebola Virus-A Nigerian doctor causes major scare at Trinidad airport
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad–A Nigerian doctor, who has not been to Africa for the past five years, caused a major scare at the Piarco International Airport after he arrived on a British Airways flight from London on Thursday.
The aircraft and passengers were isolated after the doctor had been flagged as having contracted the deadly Ebola virus that spreads through mucous and other bodily fluids or secretions such as stool, urine, saliva and semen of infected people.
The British Airways flight BA 2159 originated in London Gatwick, then went on to St. Lucia before landing in Trinidad just before 4:00pm (local time).
Piarco International Airport was alerted by the Barbados-based Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC), via the Advance Passenger Information Database that contains a complete list of persons, including crew and passengers on the flight including their biographical data and carrier information.
A memo sent to airport staff read, “Please be advised that [a – Ed.] Person of Interest (POI) was detected via JRCC on Flight BA 2159 which departed London Gatwick (LGW) at 9:10am on August 7, 2014, and is scheduled to arrive in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS), at 3:50pm on August 7, 2014. Traveller is a high risk for Ebola virus and has been referred for admissibility assessment. Please provide the results of the examination at the port of entry when they become available.”
But the Principal Medical Officer here, Dr. Collin Furlonge told Trinidad’s TV6 News Thursday night that the passenger was a Nigerian doctor living in London.
“We have sent personnel to go and confirm the information. But there seems to be little or no risk at all,” he said, adding that the passenger was eventually cleared, because he had not been to Africa in years.
TV6 News reported that the passengers were not allowed to disembark the plane, while the Nigerian passenger was taken into isolation.
Port Health workers were on standby before the plane even landed. Other airport workers had been asked to stay within a certain part of the airport, the report added.
On Wednesday, the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency CARPHA had said the risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being imported to the Caribbean remained low.
“There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and overall, the risk of becoming infected with the Ebola virus in this region remains low,” said CARPHA executive director, Dr. C. James Hospedales.
He said that in countries where the virus is present, “people who have direct contact with the organs, blood, or other bodily fluids of dead or living infected persons or animals are those at greatest risk.”
CARPHA said it had evaluated the risk of importation of the disease to the Caribbean following an increase in the number of cases of EVD in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The man has not been to Nigeria for a long time and yet, he was isolated at the Trinidadian airport, suspected of carrying the Ebola Virus. This Virus did not start from Nigeria , only this evening I over heard a radio Presenter on WBLS, Davey Levy, saying that every Nigerian is a suspect. This is really crazy. Ebola started from Liberia. Nigeria is a country of over 180 million people, to date, it is only 9 cases that have been reported? Davey Levies of this world , please take note. Watch your basket mouth!
Emma Agu

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