Nigeria: NCAA advises airlines to exercise high level of vigilance to prevent Ebola

WorldStage NewsOnline—- In a bid to prevent  incursion of Ebola virus into the country, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has directed all airlines operating regional and international flights, to exercise a high level of vigilance at the airports.

NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations, Mr Sam Adurogboye confirmed the directive in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday.

Following the resurgence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak  a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

This it said was in line with International Health Regulations (IHR).

Adurogboye said the directive was contained in a letter signed by  NCAA Director- General, Capt. Muhtar Usman, and had since been sent to all airline operators.

“In the letter, NCAA  directed that airlines’ Pilots in Command (PIC) of aircraft are to report to Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected case of communicable disease on board their flight in line with Nig.CARs 18.8.22.4.

“In case of a suspected case of communicable disease on board an aircraft, aircrew are required to fill the General Declaration (Gen Dec) and Public Health Passenger Locator forms in line with Nig.CARs 18.8.17.4 and 18.8.22.5 respectively.

“Thereafter, completed forms are to be submitted to the Port Health Services (PHS) of the destination aerodrome.

“In addition, airlines are to ensure they have on board valid and appropriate number of First Aid kits, Universal Precaution Kits (UPKs) and Emergency Medical kits in line with Nig.CARS 7.9.1.11 and 7.9.1.12,” he said.

Adurogboye said airlines were to refresh the knowledge of their Crew members (flight deck and cabin crew) for improved and sustained proficiency in handling and communication with ATC of any suspected case of communicable disease on board.

He said in case of death to a patient, operating airlines should endeavour to contact Port Health Services for clearance before importing human remains into the country.

According to Adurogboye, airlines are to report to NCAA in writing any suspected case of communicable disease on board any flight.

He said similarly, ATC should immediately communicate to PHS any report of a suspected case of communicable disease on board aircraft in line with Nig. CARs 18.8.22.4.

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