The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has reacted to a video making the rounds on social media, where a passenger about to board an Air Peace flight from Abuja collapsed.
The Authority denied alleged unavailability of medical team on ground to attend to the passenger (name withheld).
Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.), general manager, Corporate Affairs at FAAN insisted that the passenger in question received immediate attention, “as a FAAN officer, Mr. Ajani immediately revived the unconscious passenger by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the passenger before the arrival of the medical team, which arrived shortly after to administer first aid treatment and subsequently evacuated the passenger to the Airforce Base clinic”.
Continuing, Yakubu said that FAAN appreciates the feedbacks they are getting to drive and improve our processes however all hands need to be on deck to save lives during such emergencies.
“We appeal to stakeholders to always be orderly and proactive in the face of emergency situations as on that day, a Port Health officer on duty was intimidated and hindered from assisting the sick passenger.
Interference, threats and agitations only undermine the focus on saving lives, and further slowing emergency response process.
“Additionally, we also do appeal that please, the privacy of any distressed person(s) in our facilities be always respected by desisting from just merely watching, and recording such persons for public broadcast.
“To succeed in resolving emergencies, we do need more hands on deck, than on phone”.