Updated on 4 August 2014
India has lot of visitors from Nigeria
Singapore: In line with the WHO declaration urging individual countries to bolster Ebola surveillance measures, Indian airports have been put on guard to prevent the virus from entering its borders.
Chennai and Kolkata airport staff will screen flyers from African countries after authorities sounded alarm bells over the massive outbreak in Africa. Airport officials said that an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELIZA) will be conducted on flyers to ensure that they are not infected by the virus.
Though there are no direct flights from the worst affected countries to Chennai or other Indian cities, there are flights from there to the Gulf, from where passengers from the US, UK and Europe board connecting flights to Chennai. A large number of Nigerians also visit India.
As there were no direct flights to the affected regions, India refrained from issuing a travel alert, said the Union Ministries cabinet following a risk assessment meeting recently.
India's Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "Despite low risk, the health ministry will have functioning testing and surveillance systems by next week."