CoronaVirus: Sanwo-Olu Pays Unscheduled Visit To Murtala Muhammed Int’l Airport
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, made a surprise appearance at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). The aim of his visit is to personally assess how the response team stationed at the Lagos air border are screening inbound passengers for the coronavirus.
At 3:30pm, the Governor arrived at the airport in company of some members of the State’s Executive Council. Upon learning of Sanwo-Olu’s presence at the airport, the Director of Airport Operations, Captain Mukhtar Muye, and the General Manager of Aeromedical Standards, Dr. Wilfred Haggai, received the Governor.
Governor Sanwo-Olu took on-the-spot assessment of the techniques being used to screen inbound passengers by a combined team of airport officials and health workers.
In a bid to fight the virus, Lagos State Government deployed 30 healthcare workers to the airport. Subsequently, additional healthcare workers joined the team.
At the arrival gates of the airport, Sanwo-Olu watched how passengers were being screened by the airport officials, who also demonstrated measures put in place to isolate travellers that showed signs of coronavirus illness.
Afterwards, the Governor was conducted round the testing stations and quarantine facilities built in the airport to manage travellers with infectious diseases.
Expressing satisfaction with the response measures, Sanwo-Olu said his visit to the airport was to have a first-hand experience of the screening process after Federal Government triggered advanced vetting of air passengers.
However, Sanwo-Olu charges the airport workers not to relax the screening process, stressing that all travellers coming into the country, regardless of status or age, must undergo vetting.
He added that there must be no VIP passage for anyone at the airport, saying everyone must subject themselves to screening. He cautioned the response team against stigmatising any passenger, who may be showing signs of infection or ailment.