Human mobility across countries, largely driven by air travel, has been one of the main factors that facilitated the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, and many of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the EAC region have also had a history of air travel. Airports in the EAC region enhanced their preparedness and response measures early and have been able to intercept several COVID-19 susceptible travelers through intensified surveillance and screening. Yet, airports continue to be high risk areas for the spread of infectious diseases.
On 26th May 2020 MediaForce joined the EAC Secretariat and the EAC Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency (CASSOA) and AMREF Flying Doctors (AFD) for COVID-19 intervention training for staff at the JKIA which is among the 8 international airports in the 6 EAC Partner States that are going to be trained for COVID-19 preparedness and response as the airports prepare to reopen.
The training is enhancing awareness of national and airport emergency preparedness and response plans, public health capacities at the airports and prevention and surveillance of the spread of COVID-19 in and out of the region through airports. It will build on and improve existing frameworks and resources to develop more robust emergency management systems and procedures while at the same time facilitating airport collaboration. The training was held at Kenya Airports Authority training academy.
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