The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued a directive to all airlines operating regional and international flights to exercise a high level of vigilance in order to prevent the occurrence of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Sam Adurogboye, the General Manager of Public Relations, NCAA, issued the statement on Tuesday, following a new occurrence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A few days ago, news broke out that Ebola has a cure after series of vaccines were tested. According to reports, the World Health Organisation (WHO) now has a proven cure for the deadly disease that has been ravaging Africa. However, fresh reports suggest there has been another outbreak in DR Congo. The outbreak has been rated a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
Adurogboye stated that the directive written in a letter signed by the NCAA Director General, Capt. Muhtar Usman, has since been distributed to all airline operators in Nigeria.
He said: “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 126.96.36.199.
“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 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 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 onboard valid and appropriate number of First Aid kits, Universal Precaution Kits (UPKs) and Emergency Medical kits in line with Nig.CARS 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.”