According to the general manager of Nigeria ports authority, Chisty Akpa, in a one day sensitisation programme organized For terminal operators. She said the NPA has placed alert on vessels that are comming in from Asia, Insisting that the NPA are fully ready to battle the deadly Coronavirus/COVID-19.
She stated: “We have already heightened our alert on ships that are coming from Iran, Taiwan, China or any other countries that have been affected by this virus.
“I want to assure the whole nation that NPA is well prepared to handle any incident of suspected case of individuals on board any vessel that show symptom of coronavirus. We are collaborating with port health services of the Federal Ministry of Health and are also in collaboration with the Lagos State government through the commissioner of health. I want to assure everyone that we are screening temperatures of every seaports user.
“We are also working with port health authorities to ensure that all the crew on board are administered the passengers’ declaration form. We have also developed a weekly log knowing the incubation period of this coronavirus, so we don’t just scan your temperature like that. We are constantly monitoring and keep this log on a daily basis, even when there is no confirmed incident.”
Mr Adam Jato the general manager corporate and strategic communication also said that the NPA is fully prepared to combat the virus along side the terminal operators so as to avoid the possible outbreak of the virus through the nigerian ports.