Following an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China, international airports yesterday went on red alert as many intensified the screening of inbound passengers.
In the same vein, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has also taken to Twitter issuing a public letter that advised passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at airports nationwide to prevent the importation of the virus.
Airports worldwide also increased health screenings and the implementation of new quarantine procedures as officials hurried to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, a new wide-spreading illness that first appeared in Hubei province, China.
In the letter, the General Manager (Corporate Affairs) at FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, explained that all the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 were still much in place at the airports and were being deployed accordingly.
She further revealed that FAAN had always had thermal scanners at its airports to monitor the temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. FAAN, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, has confirmed the adequacy of the facilities at the nation’s airports, to prevent the importation of the virus through the airports.
With the coronavirus (nCoV) reportedly infecting over ‘10,000’ persons and killing nine, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed that it had set up a multi-sectoral technical group to handle the threat. It advised Nigerians to remain calm, while travellers from Nigeria to Wuhan, China, have been asked to avoid contact with sick people, animals (alive or dead), and animal markets.
See the letter below.