NPA steps up Ebola security

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Liberia: NPA Steps Up Security Against Ebola

By Othello B. Garblah

Authorities at the National Port Authority or NPA have stepped up security and put in place stringent measures to ensure that there is a zero outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus at the port facility. The port facility is yet to record any individual showing symptoms of the virus at its premises.

Bans shore passes

NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker responding to a New Dawn question on Friday after an Ebola respond mock exercise said, as part of the measures the port has banned the issuance of shore passes to vessels crew members except in emergency cases, while at the same time increasing the layers of screening for Stevedorers. Stevedorers are employees who go on vessels to offer janitorial services.

“Now for vessels coming in, we’ve totally cancelled shore passes,” Ms. Parker said adding, “Absolutely, no one from onboard a vessel will be allowed down. The international community has a phobia, so do we in the port. So no shore passes,” she stressed.

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