By Adegboyega Oni
Air passengers and other airport users in Nigeria have been advised by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.
The advice, according to Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, came on the heel of various epidemics ravaging some countries in the world and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria by air passengers.
Yakubu noted that all the equipment and personnel used in combatting the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports.
‘’FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation.
‘’Recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, with over 300 also reported to have been infected. The virus is highly communicable and has already spread to boarder countries like Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
‘’The authority, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, have confirmed the adequacy of the facilities at the nation’s airports to prevent the importation of the virus through the airports.
‘’Passengers are therefore advised to submit themselves for routine quarantine checks whenever they are asked to,’’ Yakubu stated.