Posted: Wednesday 6th August 2014 at 16:30 pm

Lydia Forson Writes On ‘Ebola Scare’

EBOLA: So I had to rush into Lagos over the weekend, I must say it was one trip I wasn’t looking forward to.

I wore long sleeves, jeans and had two bottles of Sanitizer in my hand bag. I think I must have annoyed people because I sanitized my hands every second and nearly finished a bottle before I left Ghana.

I made sure people wouldn’t come near me, and didnt care if they thought I was being rude.(chale the fear was real).

Anyway, as I checked in and went through immigration I noticed all the workers had gloves on, with sanitizers at vantage points. I just thought to myself ” atleast they are being careful ” I dont know why but I felt a sense of pride in how serious they seemed to be taking this.

So I got in to Lagos, even more paranoid and was probably the first to get off the flight. I had filled my immigration card in-flight so I just went straight to immigration. Without meaning to I started making mental notes of the differences between the two countries and their saftey precautions.

First thing I noticed was the workers didnt have gloves on in Lagos I saw one or two people, but generally everyone seemed to be going on with business as usual.

After waiting for my luggage for over an hour, I notcied a queue to the exit.

Well it turns out that we were all to fill out forms to see if we had symptoms of Ebola or not.( Same thing we did in Ghana) Although I wondered how honest people would be, were they just taking peoples words for it? But then they appeared with little lazer devices they point at our palms, apparently this could detect if we had Ebola.

2 points Nigeria, I was impressed. Infact I suddenly felt my paranoia going down.

But then I wondered why they waited for us to be on ground, stand around at luggage claim, I mean basically leave us to interact for nearly and hour before deciding to test us. I was like ,wouldn’t it be too late considering how many people were there and how easily it would be to get the virus from an infected person.

The annoying person that I am proceeded to ask the man conducting the test, why not do it immediately people get off the flight. He simply said ” Oh Madam,that was the plan oh, but you know how these things are, we didnt get time to”.

I was left feeling like, both Ghana and Nigeria were doing “for show “.

Both countries were doing alot to ” show ” their seriousness but thats as far as it was.

Anyway…thats just part 1…..*sigh

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