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Coronavirus: FAAN, Port health services intensify screening

With the recent development in the coronavirus confirmation in the country, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN and Port Health Services are making frantic efforts to get details on the index patient.

This is geared toward ascertaining how he underwent screening procedures at the airport.

Regional Manager, Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Mrs Victoria Shinaba said screening had been strengthened to detect any suspicion of the Corona Virus infection.

According to her, all screening facilities, thermal body and infrared scanners had since been deployed since the outbreak of the covid19 for the screening of both inbound and outbound passengers.

Mrs. Shinaba noted that FAAN was working with the relevant Port Health Unit personnel and other stakeholders nationwide on the containment measures.

General Manager, Public Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said the authority was on top of the situation as it had escalated containment measures at airports nationwide, adding all concerned stakeholders; health officers, airlines and other secondary partners were all on red alert on the new development.

She urged air travellers and the general public to acquaint themselves with the Ministry of Aviation, health updates on prevention, information posted at strategic areas at the airport as well their jingle on the virus for prevention purposes.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) also appealed to those residing around the Lagos airport not to entertain any fear over the recent mock exercise it just carried out at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos.

General Manager, FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, said the emergency simulation exercise is an operational requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for aerodromes which is aimed at ascertaining the level of preparedness of the airport in real-life emergency situations.

She urged all airlines and the general public to always collaborate with FAAN and other aviation agencies to give the needed assistance in ensuring the safety of lives and facilities at the airport in the event of an emergency.

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