IOM implements Emergency Simulation Exercise at Sierra Leone’s Lungi International Airport

IOM implements Emergency Simulation Exercise at Sierra Leone’s Lungi Internation

After a case of Ebola contagion, Sierra Leone's Lungi International Airport has tested disease-screening measures. The airport has confirmed the Ebola case among its workers that raised fears with regard to the spread of outbreak using air-transport networks, stated the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration.

"IOM implemented an emergency simulation exercise in Sierra Leone's Lungi International Airport to test and improve the entry and exit health screening process and general health security throughout the airport", said the migration agency.

The agency put six situations to test the operation of the airport's security and health agencies. Main aim of the testing was to prevent contagion being passed from staff to travelers. IOM said that they also added a touch of reality to this exercise and they recruited five Ebola survivors to play the role of disease victims.

As per IOM health and humanitarian border management officer Ben Potter, one of the greatest challenges in health emergencies is to quickly act on the situation. With the emergency simulation exercise, Potter thinks that one gets an environment to rehearse and refine their skills.

Since the time the Western African country has reported a rise in Ebola cases in the area near to it, screenings and security controls have been increased at the airport. It is said that Sierra Leone has suffered the most in the current Ebola outbreak.

The World Health Organization has also confirmed that there are more than 10,000 cases and over 3,000 deaths there. Potter was of the view that there is a need to identify gaps in health defence system and also to highlight and target areas for further training.

Sierra Leone's Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr. Abu Bakar Fofanah thinks that screening should take place round the clock.


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