Konga Travel, which was recently recognized as Nigeria’s most innovative travel agency by Virgin Atlantic; has shared safety tips on the dreaded coronavirus for international travellers; with the aim of curbing the spread of the virus and keeping them protected.
In a statement, Vice-President, Konga Travel, Eric Nana; stated that it was imperative that travellers maintain a high and uncompromising level of personal hygiene; especially in the face of the growing threat of coronavirus. Further, he called on travellers to frequently practice good hygiene by washing their hands regularly and cleaning their hands; either with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub; particularly after they are exposed to respiratory secretions.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a global pandemic.
“Mouth, nose and eyes are easier routes to introducing viruses to the human body. It is, therefore, advisable that travellers avoid touching their eyes, mouths and noses,” Nana said.
While taking preventative measures to reduce potential exposure to coronavirus could be effective; travellers have also been urged to take action if they notice a fellow passenger showing signs of illness on a flight.
“If somebody nearby you is unwell on the aircraft, you should bring that to the attention of the crew. It is good to know that there are established procedures they can take to separate that person; and minimise risk of spreading infection to others,” Nana said.
“Travellers have the responsibility of safeguarding others from infections such as coronavirus. You should learn to observe good health habits by getting plenty of sleep and rest, managing stress; drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious meal, while travelling.”
Also, Nana advised travellers to consider wiping down with antiseptic their seat-belts, tray table, television touch screens, handsets, armrests, toilets; light and call buttons, airline bassinets and other surfaces that are commonly touched.
“Covering your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing; disposing such tissue immediately and performing hand hygiene is one of the best ways to stop the spread of coronavirus. It is no longer advisable for people to cough into their hands,” the Konga Travel boss said.
“In all of these, the good news is that the risk of catching any serious viral infection during a flight is very low; as the air on planes is purified with surgical-grade filters.’’
Nana added that if travellers show symptoms of illness while travelling, such as fever, coughing or breathing difficulties; they should inform local health providers by phone and inform them of their travel history.
“In Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), whose toll free line is 0800 970000 10; remains one of the coordinating authorities to contact in case of any eventuality,” he said.
Meanwhile, Konga Travel has also confirmed that Turkish Airlines has not stopped flights to and from Nigeria; as was erroneously reported in some sections of the media; noting that the agency was still selling tickets to passengers on Turkish Airlines.
Indeed, Konga Travel opined that the spread of the coronavirus accompanied with lowered load factors; had forced Turkish Airlines to reschedule flights in various countries and not only in Nigeria.