Regulations which helped Nigeria contain the outbreak of Ebola virus disease last October are being activated days after Liberia confirmed its third case of the virus nearly seven weeks after the World Health Organisation declared it Ebola free.
Response teams under control of Port Health Services will watch ports of entry which have been classified according to need, said director of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Abdulsalami Nasidi.
Temperature-reading cameras have been “positioned at all stops, and we are re-emphasising the use of hand sanitisers and hand hygiene,” Nasidi added.
Bodies coming into the country or being moved within the country for burial will come under stricter control.
“No burials [will be] allowed in Nigeria without actually confirming cause of death,” Nasidi said. “We are enforcing the regulation we used before to make sure we are not taken by surprise.”
The renewed surveillance moves come as Nigeria launched its third five-year Country Cooperation Strategy CCS III to guide its work with the World Health Organisation from 2014 till 2019.