Coronavirus: WHO partners Lagos, Port Wisely being on passengers’ screening at MMIA

Wisely being officials wait on to flight passengers at the gate of entry at the Murtala Worldwide Airport in Lagos, on March 2, 2020. (Photo: AFP)

Kayode Oyero
The World Wisely being Group says it is a long way working with the Lagos Order Government, the Port Wisely being Companies and products of the Federal Ministry of Wisely being moreover the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management to give a decide to Point of Entry surveillance at the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos.
It says collaborative efforts in direction of passengers’ screening at every arrival terminals of the airport is essential to cease further most likely importation of COVID-19.
This became once contained in an announcement by WHO African Predicament entitled, ‘End-marking COVID19 – WHO helps screening activities at Lagos world airport arrivals’.
The PUNCH experiences that the United Nations’ agency on global smartly being says screening challenges including “language barrier, incomplete or spoiled completion of the self-reporting forms” at the Lagos airport pose “essential risk of importation of extra circumstances from outdoors the nation”.
It adds that robust strategies for ambiance pleasant screening of passengers that come within the nation hold, due to this truth, been adopted per the nationwide COVID-19 preparedness and response thought.
It states, “Self-reporting forms are handed out to passengers earlier than they disembark the airplane or on arrival as per the protocol for screening.
“The main screening contains assessment of the self-reporting forms, temperature monitoring by screening personnel and a nurse to blame for observing passengers for seen signs of illness.
“Any passenger who experiences illness or exposure to confirmed circumstances or reveals seen signs of illness shall be further interviewed and despatched to the secondary screening level for assessment by a scientific officer.
“The forms composed from the screening piece are further segregated to title passengers coming from locations of hobby, that are the countries with present local transmission of the virus.
“The critical aspects of those persons of hobby are captured in a database for further put collectively up on the symptoms of excessive acute respiratory an infection thru phone calls.”
The Director of Port Wisely being Companies and products, Dr Morenike Alex-Okoh, says, “WHO has remained a accurate ally to Port Wisely being Companies and products in strengthening IHR capacities for responding to public smartly being events at the Facets of Entry, this has remained correct at some level of this COVID-19 preparedness and response.”
The Lagos airport is the busiest entry level in Nigeria with an sensible of 3000 inbound passengers day-to-day from varied parts of the area.
The PUNCH experiences that 33 world airways feature flights into the nation, per statistics from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
Nigeria recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case on February 27 when a 44-365 days-broken-down Italian citizen became once recognized in Lagos Order after being referred from Ogun Order.
The case arrived at the Lagos airport thru a Turkish Airlines’ flight.
There hold been subsequent circumstances that arrived at the Lagos airport thru Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Lufthansa, amongst others.
Of the twelve circumstances of the virus in Nigeria, eleven were identified in Lagos including a six-week-broken-down infant.
Efficient Saturday, March 21, the NCAA says the Mallam Aminu Kano Worldwide Airport, Kano; the Akanu Ibiam Worldwide Airport, Enugu; and the Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa, are shut, thereby redirecting all world flights to the Nnamdi Azikwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja; and the Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport, Lagos.

Source: Punch

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