New Telegraph

IATA to Govts: Follow WHO’s advice, rescind travel ban

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for governments to follow World Health Organisation (WHO) advice and immediately rescind travel bans that were introduced in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Public health organisations, including the WHO, have advised against travel curbs to contain the spread of Omicron.

“Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. In addition, they can adversely impact global health efforts during a pandemic by disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data.

“All countries should ensure that the measures are regularly reviewed and updated when new evidence becomes available on the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of Omicron or any other variants of concern.” “The same WHO advice also notes that states implementing measures such as screening or quarantine need to be defined following a thorough risk assessment process informed by the local epidemiology in departure and destination countries and by the health system and public health capacities in the countries of departure, transit and arrival. “All measures should be commensurate with the risk, time-limited and applied with respect to travellers’ dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms, as outlined in the International Health Regulations.”

Read Previous

FEC okays N1.8bn for telecom equipments to detect, block fraudsters

Read Next

Suspects in Oromoni’s killing’ll be punished, says Buhari

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *