The West African Health Organization (WAHO) on the 24th of April 2019 donated a thermal camera to be used at the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
This is part of a set of high resolution thermal cameras provided in three airports- Abuja, Enugu and Kano.
In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole who was represented by the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Dr. Emmanuel Meribole expressed his gratitude to WAHO, stating that the thermal cameras will strengthen the country’s efforts at real time surveillance and detection at ports of entry.
Also, the Director General of WAHO Professor Stanley Okolo said that he is committed to continue supporting health security in Nigeria, by working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Port Health Services and other relevant agencies.
In addition to the thermal cameras provided by WAHO, the Dangote Foundation had provided similar equipment in the past, in response to the Ebola outbreak. The provision of thermal cameras by the Dangote Foundation and WAHO in support of the work led on by NCDC in protecting the health of Nigerians is an example of how the private sector and regional organisations can collaborate on health security.