ICAO and WHO to conduct health facility assessment at Nigerian airport

21 June 2015 (Last Updated June 21st, 2015 18:30)

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be conducting a two-day audit of the emergency medical preparedness at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will be conducting a two-day audit of the emergency medical preparedness at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Beginning today, the two agencies will inspect the airport's air traffic control (ATC) aerial control centre (ACC), the ATC tower, designated aircraft parking positions and the airport and emergency operations centre.

The initiative is a part of ICAOs Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA).

Inspection of passenger screening areas and facilities, interview of suspect cases and their contacts, inspection of assessment location and facilities, treatment of diseased passengers and infected facilities, review of port health and medical facilities will all form part of the supervision.

This Day Live quoted Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) public affairs general manager Fan Ndubuoke as saying: "At the end of the two-day visit, the CAPSCA team, the State Public Health, Civil Aviation Authority including all Assistance Visit participants will meet for a debriefing and discussion on the preliminary visit results."

The inspection is aimed at involving ICAO and WHO teams in providing training and other assistance to airports across African countries.

The move comes after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 that had exposed the need for the aviation sector to implement measures for preventing the spread of diseases linked to air travel.

Airports in Asia are currently on alert to screen travelers with Mers infection.