Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has put all airline operators, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and Aerodrome Operators on alert concerning the outbreak of Coronavirus.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager, Public Affairs, disclosed this in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday. Adurogboye said the alert was contained in a letter by the Acting Director General, NCAA, Capt. Sidi Abdullahi.
The NCAA official stated that it had called for a high level of vigilance and alert by airlines, especially those operating international and regional flights, all designated point of entries (POEs) and travelling public.
Adurogboye stated in the letter sent to the airlines, all operators were therefore required to carry out the following:
“Pilots in Command (PIC) of aircraft are to report to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected cases of communicable disease on board an aircraft in line with Nig. CARs 188.8.131.52.
“In case of a suspected case of communicable disease on board an aircraft, the aircrew are to fill the aircraft General Declaration (Gen Dec) in line with Nig. CARs 184.108.40.206 and Annex 8 of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005).
“Completed aircraft General Declaration are to be submitted to the Port Health Services (PHS) on arrival at the designated point of entry.
“Sick passengers on board an aircraft are to be required by the crew to fill a Passenger Locator form in line with Nig.CARs 220.127.116.11.
“The completed Passenger Locator Forms are to be submitted to Port Health Services (PHS) on arrival at the designated point of entry,” he said.
Adurogboye explained that airlines must have onboard the appropriate number of First Aid Kits, Universal Precaution kits and Emergency Medical kits according to the provisions of Nig.CARs 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
He said airlines must update the knowledge of their crew members in the handling of communicable disease on board an aircraft.
Adurogboye said cabin crew should follow the operational procedures recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and their airlines’ Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in handling possible cases of communicable diseases on board an aircraft.
“They are to ensure that passengers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection exercises cough etiquette maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and wash hands thoroughly.