A furious Nigerian Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole on Friday lambasted Kenyan Airline for bringing a corpse from Ebola-hit Congo into the country without proper documentations despite the Ebola alert issued by the country. Mr. Adewole is pushing for the airline to be sanctioned.
The said corpse was flown into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, on Monday from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, according to THISDAY.
In a press statement released by the Ministry of Health, Mr. Adewole demanded the airline be investigated and sanctioned if found to have violated rules for repatriating bodies into the country.
THISDAY had reported that the corpse tested Ebola negative. This notwithstanding, the minister still called for investigations.
The newspaper reported that the corpse, believed to be a Nigerian, had arrived Nigeria unaccompanied and was left at the basement of the airport terminal.
Mr. Adewole, who paid an unscheduled visit to the National Port Service of the airport, had directed that the body be thoroughly examined.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital confirmed that the body tested negative to Ebola virus or any contagious disease.
Also the minister had during his impromptu visit, ordered the immediate replacement of current hand-held screeners with auto thermal machines to screen passengers arriving the country.