On Friday the Federal Health Minister Maggie De Block (Flemish liberal) appointed Dr. Erika Vlieghe to the post of Ebola Coordinator. Dr Vlieghe (photo) visited the airport at Zaventem on Saturday in order to see with her own eyes which procedures were being followed.
She was present on the arrival of a Brussels Airlines flight from Guinea. Brussels Airlines is one of the few airlines that is still flying to the region.
Unions representing airport staff at Zaventem had already expressed their concerns and had called for the systematic screening of passengers arriving from countries where there have been cases of ebola infection.
On Monday, European Health Minister will meet in Luxemburg to try and draw up a European plan to tackle ebola. A number of international humanitarian NGOs have already said that ebola threatens to become “the biggest humanitarian disaster of our generation.”