In the quest of the Nigeria govt. to Control the spread of the Coronavirus in Nigeria, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has ordered all airlines operating international and regional flights into the country to issue Health Declaration Forms to their passengers and crew members before arriving Nigeria airports.
The directive which was given Thursday morning in a statement by Sam Adurogboye, NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations is one of the strategic action plan to stop further l) the spread of the epidemic-Coronavirus.
He noted, the warning is coming on the heels of the failure of some airlines operating international and regional flights into Nigeria to provide Health Declaration Forms (Passengers self-reporting forms) to passengers.
A letter to this effect has been issued to all airlines and other stakeholders, the statement said.
“In view of the above, Airlines are to remind passengers to provide factual address and phone numbers to enhance contact tracing in case there is need to do so,” the statement added.
The Health Declaration forms (Passenger self-reporting forms) will be collected and evaluated by the personnel of Port Health Services on the arrival of the passengers and crew members alike.
Recall that Nigerians woke up last Friday to the news that an unidentified Italian businessman who was tested positive at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, had been taken to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba.
And to that effect, the Senate health committee had earlier asked the Federal Ministry of Health to set up a ‘Health War Room’.
The federal government in her commitment has also released N386 million to two health agencies to curtail the spread of the virus.
Coronavirus, (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan in Hubei province of China in December last year.
On Thursday, the NCAA disclosed that airlines are to collect the Health Declaration forms (Passenger self-reporting forms) from the Port Health Services at the various International Airports of the country.
“Failure to comply with the directive by any airline will attract severe sanctions,” Mr Adurogboye said.