By Glory James
As part of its preparation for the reopening of the Victor Attah International Airport (VAIA), the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Special Duties has scaled up Covid-19 protocols at the airport in line with the approved guideline for aviation sector.
Commissioner in the Ministry, Rt. Hon. Okpolupm Etteh, who gave the hint on Wednesday in Uyo shortly after an automated Disinfection Thermometer Channel and two automated Temperature Scanners were installed at the Airport, said “the move is part of the administration efforts to prevent passengers, visitors and workers at the VAIA from spreading or contracting COVID-19 as flight operations resume.”
He said the standard of facilities placed at the airport shows Governor Udom Emmanuel’s commitment and compliance to the mandatory COVID-19 protocols as approved by the Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) for the aviation sector.
Explaining, Rt. Hon. Etteh said “the automated Temperature Scanner has Non-Contact Temperature Measurement; Access Control Integration that allows testing for children, adults and the physically challenged as well as pets. It also supports Office Attendance and App Monitoring.”
“The automated Disinfection Thermometer Channel, beyond spraying disinfectants, is an Intelligent Control Design that uses High Precision Infrared Spectrum Sensor. It is fitted with face recognition, high storage capacity and sound light alarm,” he added.
The Commissioner further said the strict observance of health and safety protocols by the Akwa Ibom State Government is necessitated by the eagerness of passengers to travel and catch up with their respective businesses.
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