ABUJA – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said on Wednesday that it had ordered airlines that operate flights to Ebola-infested countries to set up medical teams to properly screen their passengers.
The Coordinating General Manager, Aviation Parastatals, NCAA, Mr Yakubu Dati, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Dati said the measure was part of the country’s aviation industry’s efforts to ensure that the virus did not spread to Nigeria.
He said that NCAA did not ban any airline from flying the route of the affected countries.
“We have instructed every airline that is connected to all the countries that have the virus to monitor the passengers that will board their flights. [eap_ad_2] “This is to ensure that that they don’t fly people that have the virus into Nigeria.
“They should set up a medical team; that is what happens when there are such epidemics. If we don’t do that, we also stand the risk of being banned from going to other countries,” he explained.
“The only airline banned was ASKY Airline that flew the late Mr Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian, into Lagos. All other flights are operating.
“We did not suspend any airline. It is the prerogative of the airlines to decided whether to fly those affected countries or not,’’ Dati added.
He said that it was expected that in the future, airlines would not allow sick passengers to board their flights without proper medical report. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]