Kenya Airways may be sanctioned by the Nigerian government for transporting a dead Nigerian from Congo without consulting the relevant health authorities.
Since the confirmed cases of Ebola in Congo, Nigerian health authorities have been on high alert and the airline might be punished for jeopardizing the health of a nation.
The Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole reacting to the development via his twitter handle, after he paid an unscheduled assessment visit to the Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos to assess Port Health preparedness against bio-threats, ordered immediate review and replacement of current hand-held screeners with auto thermal ones.
The Minister said: “I also recommended sanctions for Kenya Airways.”
Although, the corpse flown in has tested negative to the ebola virus. Dr Jide Idris, the Lagos Commissioner for Health, at a joint news conference on Thursday, May 25, in Ikeja, said the airline violated regulations.
“The airline brought the remains of this Nigerian without all necessary documentations that are required to process its clearance by the Department of Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health. The Federal Government of Nigeria and relevant agencies condemn this deliberate breach.
“In line with industry practice, a report has been made to the Nigerian Civil Aviation, the regulatory agency of the Nigerian aviation industry on the occurrence.
“Necessary steps are being taken by the regulatory authority to sanction the airline in a bid to prevent future occurrence. We have commenced detailed investigation by all relevant agencies of government to determine the immediate and remote intentions of this unfortunate behaviour,” he said.