NPA to contimue Ebola sensitisation at ports, says Port Manager

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday said it would continue with its Ebola Virus Disease sensitisation programme for the port community.

Mr Nasir Mohammed, Port Manager, Apapa Port, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lagos.
He said the initiative was necessary to keep the port community alert in order to beat any unforeseen situation.

“The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has sustained its concern over Ebola, to the extent that continuous sensitisation is ongoing.

“For example, tomorrow, we will be having sensitisation in the Lagos Port Complex, where all the port’s stakeholders will be invited once more to sensitise them on Ebola.

“The management has also provided additional equipment in terms of PPE that are necessarily required in the containment or treatment or monitoring of Ebola.

“So, we want to bring the stakeholders again, I say again because it is something we have done once or twice already, because we don’t want to become complacent.

“We know Nigeria has been cleared, we know some of our other organisations have also stepped down a little more from the aspect of monitoring.

“But we in the port authority, we want to sustain that awareness because we are a gateway to the nation’s economy and we deal with international community.

The port manager said that since the outbreak of the disease it had not relaxed on checking officials before they embark onboard vessels and when they disembark after their duties.

He said that the port health, whose statutory responsibility it is to check health-related issues, also did the same with crew members of vessels when they called at the port.