In an effort to protect passengers from the Corona Virus epidemic ravaging some countries in South East Asia, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has urged passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.
FAAN said the new move became necessary to prevent the spread of such communicable disease into Nigeria.
In a statement, the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said the authority had already taken proactive steps by ensuring that equipment and personnel used in combatting the deadly ebola virus in 2014 were still in place at airports.
According to her, FAAN had always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitors the temperature of passengers as well as capture their pictures.
She said :” 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 reportedly infected.
The highly communicable virus has already spread to border countries including Japan, Thailand and South Korea.
Mrs Yakubu said :” 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. “