By Idowu Abdullahi,
Following confirmation of coronavirus in Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, (FAAN), has called on Nigerians, especially passengers, operational airlines and staff in the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, not to panic and to cooperate during emergency simulation exercises.
It would be recalled that the state government had, on Friday morning, confirmed its first case of the novel virus, and assured residents that the patient had been quarantined and was being properly managed by competent hands.
Yakubu explained that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a simulation exercise is a fully simulated and interactive exercise that tests capability of an organization or other entity to respond to a simulated emergency, disaster or crisis situation, adding that the exercise would help iron out any pending modality for discovery and containment of coronavirus in all airports accross the country.
She assured the general public of FAAN’s commitment to its core values of safety, security and comfort of airport users in the country and said that the body was prepared to manage the crisis efficiently.
“The exercise is aimed at ascertaining the level of preparedness of the airport in real life emergency situations,”
“Consequently, FAAN will like to appeal to the public, especially those residing around the airport not to entertain any fear, as the exercise is only a test run of facilities, processes and proceedures towards ensuring health and safety of all airport users”.