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ICAO, WHO to access MMIA medical emergency preparedness

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in its global effort to improve states’ preparedness, planning and responses to public health events will be at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, (MMIA), today and on an Assistance visit.
ICAO through its Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA) has been visiting different regions in the world.
This is to assess the preparedness of their aviation sectors and offer training sessions including several assistance visits to states and airports in Africa, taking into account the priorities established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as contained in the International Health Regulations (2005).
ICAO CAPSCA  team members consist,  Vreedenburgh (Team Lead), Chief Implementation Planning and support section (safety) Air Navigation Bureau, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters, Montreal Canada, Nika Meheza Manzi, Regional Officer – Aerodromes and Ground Aids & CAPSCA WACAF Regional Coordinator, Dr. Harry Opata, Disease Surveillance Response, WHO/AFRO Inter country support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Health Organization (WHO), Andrew J. Demma, Lead, International Border Team, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States of America, Dr. Lesogo Bogatsu, Technical Advisors Team Leader, CAPSCA Africa and Engr. Adel Ramlawi, Regional Officer, Aerodromes, & Ground Aids International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Middle East Office, Cairo, Egypt.
While welcoming the team, Director General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Usman Mukhar said that the assistance visits to Lagos and Abuja International airports were a great resource in the successful containment of Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Nigeria in 2014, in which the Aviation Sector played a vital role.
He further said that theNCAA in partnership with stakeholders in the Nigerian Aviation sector (FAAN, NAMA, Port Health Services, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs and Excise, Security Agencies, Air Carriers (Domestic and International), Ground handling Companies (NAHCO and SAHCOL etc) and the Federal Ministry of Health have recently produced a National Aviation Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan.
This document, he said, which was drawn mainly from the template provided by ICAO will serve as a guidance material to all aviation stakeholders in the handling of suspected cases of communicable diseases within the Nigerian airspace.
In addition, according to the NCAA helmsman, the visit will promote and facilitate communication, cooperation, coordination and collaboration between the public health sectors in the handling of public health events.
To this end, a CAPSCA assistance visit will be conducted in Nigeria at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) from 22nd – 23rd June, 2015.
The team will be evaluating the level of emergency medical preparedness by the various agencies operating at the Airport.
It will be recalled that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa had generated great concern and focussed attention on the aviation sector due to some reported cases linked to air travel.
The agencies involved in the assistance visit are the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA), Federal Ministry of Health/Port Health Authority, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, (NAMA) and Airline operators (foreign and domestic).
Others are Ground Handling Agencies, Security Agencies – Nigeria Air Force, Nigeria Police Force, Directorate of State Security Services, Nigerian Immigration Service and Nigeria Customs and Excise etc.
The tourism agencies – Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and others.
At the Airport, the following areas will be visited – Air Traffic Control Area Control Centre (ACC),Air Traffic Control Tower, Designated Aircraft Parking position, Airport and Emergency Operations Centre.
Others are Passenger Screening Location and facilities, Suspect Case and Contacts Interview and Assessment location and facilities, Affected ill passenger isolation and treatment location and facilities, Port Health and Medical Facilities and any other facility involved in public health emergency – a scenario of an aircraft arriving with a suspect case on board or a local outbreak.
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 Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Capt. Muhtar Usman alsocalled on all stakeholders to ensure maximum cooperation with the ICAO CAPSCA Assistance visit team during the exercise.

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