The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has launched a COVID-19 Pandemic Public Properly being Protocol for Nigerian-based crews working worldwide flights.
Flight crews ought to now placed on Non-public Defending Instruments (PPE) and observe An an infection, Prevention and Administration (IPC) measures all through their flights.
The protocol moreover states that flight crews is just not going to be quarantined nonetheless endure compulsory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at a worth to the Air Operator upon return to Nigeria, as flight crew members who examine constructive for COVID-19 might be taken to a treatment coronary heart for extra administration.
In a letter with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/120 27th Might 2020 signed by the Director Fundamental, Captain Musa Nuhu to all operators, airports and completely different service suppliers, the model new protocol accepted by the Federal Ministry of Properly being replaces the current observe the place Nigerian-based flight crew members who operate worldwide flights are quarantined for 14 days upon their return to Nigeria.
The letter partly reads:
“1. Nigeria based totally Airways/Aircrew wishing to conduct flight operations exterior the nation shall be required to regulate to the subsequent:
(a.) Assure orientation and sensitization of crew on An an infection, Prevention and Administration (IPC) measures as per teaching and guidance from public properly being authorities.
(b.) Assure they’ve passable stock of Non-public Defending Instruments (PPE), minimal 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Widespread Precaution Kits (UPK) on board aircraft sooner than the flight.
(c.) Assure flight crew placed on Non-public Defending Instruments (PPE) and observe IPC measures all through the flight as follows:
“Flight deck Crew: Non-medical face masks and gloves. Face masks may be eradicated when the cockpit door is closed for safety causes Cabin crew – Non-medical face masks, gloves, disposal surgical robes and safety visors/goggles.
“Assure safe eradicating of gloves after performing explicit duties (d) Stay away from touching their face and eyes with unclean palms d. Flight crew are to ensure that all passengers placed on a non-medical face masks all through the flight in addition to when consuming or using emergency oxygen.
(e) Flight crew are to ensure that passengers rub their palms with alcohol-based sanitizer as they embark the aircraft.
“(f). Put up a uncover inside the bathroom/washroom available washing that requests passengers wash their palms after using the toilet
(g.) Flight crew are to care for a safe distance between passengers and themselves; avoiding direct bodily contact. (h.) Cabin crew will serve solely pre-packed meals to passengers.
(i) The place practicable, flight crew will reserve one rest room for his or her very personal use.
(j). Cabin crew will apply disinfectant spray in rest room every 60 minutes in the middle of the flight.
(okay). Airline will carry augmented crew to verify the speedy turnaround of the flight with no crew member disembarking from the aircraft, in addition to the pilot that will conduct the compulsory stroll spherical whereby case the pilot is required to placed on a non-medical facemask and gloves.
“ 1. The flight deck crew that will carry out the compulsory stroll spherical will placed on PPE (non-medical facemask, gloves and disposable defending robes) and may assure he/she retains a bodily distance of on the very least 2 meters from flooring coping with staff, fuelers, dispatchers, baggage handlers and completely different people coping with the aircraft. m. Airline shall carry return catering.
“(a) n. Submitting of flight plan by Flight deck crew is to be carried out by means of on-line channels. The place this is not doable, crew members are to coach extreme warning (placed on a face masks and gloves) when submitting a flight plan and receiving documentation from flooring staff/flight dispatchers. Flight deck crew members are to rub their palms with minimal 70 % alcohol-based sanitizers after interfacing with flooring staff/dispatchers.
( 0.) After the flight, Crew members are to securely take away their PPEs and assure safe disposal in step with IPC procedures.
( p). For flights of longer size the place augmented flight crew might be not practicable, preparations are to be made with the nation of trip spot for flight crew to place over and alter to the compulsory obligation time rest interval requirement.
(q) Primarily based on the NCAA, If the flight crew should lay over in another country to permit them observe crew obligation time rest interval, “the Air Operator is to coordinate with the abroad nation’s Public Properly being Authorities on the airport and implement the subsequent: Commute preparations (between airport & resort if required): the Air Operator ought to arrange for the commute between the aircraft and the crew’s explicit particular person resort rooms guaranteeing hygiene methods are utilized and the useful bodily distancing adopted, along with all through the auto to the extent doable.
“At lodging: At all times, crew ought to alter to native public properly being legal guidelines and insurance coverage insurance policies One crew member to no less than one room, which is sanitized earlier to occupancy; Crew, taking account of the above and in so far as is practicable, should:
(aa) Stay away from contact with most of the people and fellow crew members and keep throughout the resort room in addition to to hunt medical consideration, or for necessary actions along with practice, whereas respecting bodily distancing requirements; (bb) Not use the frequent companies throughout the resort, like bars, gyms, and so forth.
(cc) Dine in-room, get take-outs, or dine seated alone in a restaurant throughout the resort, supplied that room service should not be on the market; (dd) Typically monitor for indicators along with fever and observe good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and bodily distancing measures when required to go away the resort room only for the reasons specified by (aa), (cc) or emergency situations.
“ (c) Crew members experiencing indicators suggestive of COVID-19 all through lay over or transit should; report it to the aircraft operator and search assist from a medical doctor for analysis of doable COVID-19. Cooperate with the analysis and doable further monitoring for COVID-19 in accordance with the evaluation course of utilized by that abroad nation (e.g. analysis throughout the resort room, or an isolation room all through the resort, or numerous location);
“ If a crew member has been evaluated and COVID -19 should not be suspected in accordance with the evaluation course of utilized by the abroad nation, the air operator may put together for the crew member to repatriate to base and if a crew member is suspected or confirmed as a COVID-19 case by the State or abroad nation and isolation should not be required by the abroad nation, such crew member is also medically repatriated by acceptable modes: if there’s settlement to repatriate the crew member to deal with base
“( r.) Flight crew members can haven’t any bodily contact with any people whereas throughout the abroad nation, along with flooring coping with staff, airline staff, embassy staff, drivers, protocol officers, resort/lodging staff and so forth.
“(s) Upon return to Nigeria flight crew is just not going to be quarantined nonetheless will endure compulsory testing for COVID-19 every 14 days at worth to the Air Operator. t. Flight crew members who examine constructive for COVID-19 might be taken to a treatment coronary heart for extra administration.”