An airline stewardess recently died after she caught malaria while in Africa.
The woman worked for British Airways and fell ill after she flew from Heathrow to Accra, the capital of Ghana, Mirror.co.uk reported.
According to her, she stayed at a hotel in the city with a few other crew members. It was then that she began to feel the effects of malaria.
The incident began earlier last month and the woman has since passed away.
“It’s obviously devastating for her family and all who knew her,” a source told reporters. “There is huge concern about cabin and flight crew flying to Ghana after such a tragic incident.”
All British Airways crew members flying into West Africa are provided with anti-malaria pills as well as instructions on how to guard themselves against falling ill, according to Mirror.co.uk.
“We are hoping that all safety measures are now taken to make sure it does not happen again,” the source said.
A spokesman for British Airways released a statement to The Independent which said, “We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of our colleague. The safety of our colleagues and customers is our top priority.
“Cabin crew are given top strength repellent and fully briefed every time they fly into malarial area in order to give them the best protection. Medication is available to those who wish to use it, either before they fly or when they are at their destination.”
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