Epidemic outbreak: FAAN advises travelers on quarantine procedures at airports

By Foster Obi

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said that in an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, passengers and other airport users are advised to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.

A statement signed by Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs noted that

all the equipment and personnel used in combating 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 the 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 border countries like Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

“The Authority, 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,” the statement said, adding “Passengers are therefore advised to submit themselves for routine quarantine checks whenever they are asked to.”