The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to provide adequate medical facilities at Nigerian airports to prevent sudden deaths related to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other health issues.
Additionally, the House has urged the Ministries of Aviation and Health to collaborate with relevant healthcare professionals and organizations to establish and operate health check desks for monitoring high blood pressure and sugar levels at airports and local clinics across the country.
These check desks should be staffed with trained healthcare personnel capable of accurately measuring blood pressure and sugar levels, offering basic counseling, and referring individuals to appropriate medical services if necessary.
The motion, moved by Hon. Kalejaiye Adeboye Paul from Lagos at the plenary, emphasized the physical demands and stress associated with air travel, making it essential to prioritize the health of passengers passing through Nigerian airports.
Hon. Kalejaiye stated, “By establishing free high blood pressure and sugar levels check desks at all airports, we can promote early detection and preventive care for conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Regular monitoring of these vital health parameters will enable travelers to seek medical intervention and prevent potential complications, demonstrating our commitment to public health promotion.”
The House adopted the motion and mandated the Committee on Aviation (when constituted) to ensure compliance with the establishment of the health check desks at Nigerian airports.