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Ebola: FAAN Begins Intense Screening Of Passengers

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN  intensified thermal and body screening of inbound and outbound passengers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos as part of efforts to sensitize them on steps taken to curtail any spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

While conducting the media around the airport, Health officials with thermal scanners subjected inbound passengers to body screening using handheld infrared equipment to ascertain their body temperature.

The use of the hand held scanners is in addition to the thermal scanners installed at various arrival points at the airport.

The new arrangement is part of measures to sensitize passengers on the on going efforts by the government to checkmate any spread of the disease.

Speaking in an interview, Regional Manager, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ,Mrs Victoria Shinaba said an emergency contingency plan in line with International Civil Aviation Organization ( ICAO ) and World Health Organization (ICAO), had been activated to ensure that any passenger with traces of any communicable disease was isolated and attended to.

She said the new arrangement where passengers were screened bodily with the prescribed scanners was carried out to convince airports users that the authority was on top of the situation.

Mrs Shinaba said a few weeks ago, a mock exercise was carried out to prepare the relevant personnel on the procedure to adopt in the event of an outbreak of communicable disease.

According to her, FAAN would continue to stick to the public health emergency procedure to ensure that the relevant international standards were maintained.

The MMIA Manager said sanitizers and soaps had been provided at toilets at the airport to ensure passengers maintain a high level of hygiene.

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