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IN RESPONSE to renewed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Congo Democratic Republic (CDR), airlines operating in Nigeria have been placed on red alert.

This is coming on the heels of recent World Health Organisation declaration of Public Health Emergency of International Concern in line with International Health Regulations in the affected areas in Congo.

Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) sent the warning yesterday in a directive to airline operators, especially those operating regional and international flights into Nigeria, to exercise a high level vigilance.

According to General Manager of Public Affairs at NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the directive which had since been sent to all airline operators was contained in a letter signed by NCAA Director General, Captain Muhtar Usman.

Adurogboye spoke in a release issued to newsmen in Abuja.

“In the letter, NCAA has directed that airlines’ pilots in command of aircraft are to report to Air Traffic Control 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, aircrews are required to fill the General Declaration 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 of the destination aerodrome,” the release stated.

It further added that NCAA directed airlines to ensure that they had on board valid and appropriate number of First Aid kits, Universal Precaution Kits and Emergency Medical kits in line with Nig.CARS 7.9.1.11 and 7.9.1.12.

“Airlines are to refresh the knowledge of their crew members for improved and sustained proficiency in handling and communication with ATC of any suspected case of communicable disease on board,” the release continued.

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