No COVID-19 testing infrastructure at airports – NCAA
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has revealed that there are no infrastructure to conduct COVID-19 tests on passengers who would use the airports ahead of the resumption of International commercial flights scheduled for August 29.
Director-General, NCAA, Musa Nuhu while speaking at Monday’s briefing of the President Task Force on COVID-19, explained that operators in the aviation sector had aligned with the pre-departure testing protocol stipulated by the PTF.
PTF Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, had during the briefing stated that about 10,000 passengers would be using the airports daily once international flights resume, adding that they would need to undergo COVID-19 testing before coming to the airports, PUNCH reported.
Nuhu who reacted to comments by Aliyu said “this entails working closely with the national coordinator and the Port Health Services to develop protocols for testing (of passengers) coming to Nigeria. The aviation sector is quite comfortable and agrees with the protocols of the pre-departure PCR test”.
He added that even if the airports had the infrastructure, any attempt to test about 10,000 passengers at airports would create crowding and other issues. He explained “that the airports were never built for such. So we need to build infrastructure.”
Flight operations were halted about five months ago by the Federal Government in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19 through airports, but arrangements resumption has ben slated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport.