Nigeria has joined the list of other countries to issue a travel advisory to all travellers following the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus in China. India, Japan, and the United States are some of the countries where screening procedures have been put in place.
In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic and also prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has advised passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.
In a statement signed by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, she stated that the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports.
She said FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures, adding that when passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation.
Upon arrival, many countries check the temperatures of arriving airline passengers and have also adopted precautionary quarantine procedures in response to the virus that has killed six people in China and infected over 300 people. The virus which is highly communicable 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.