A viral video of a sick passenger on an Air Peace flight at Kano Airport from Lagos, caused panic across the city as it was feared the passenger had coronavirus.
According to reports, the pilot had refused to open the door to the plane until the COVID-19 response team arrived at the scene.
One of the witnesses at the scene had stated that it would be better if the flight returned to Lagos.
“as the case may spread the virus to Kano where many people see COVID-19 as conspiracy or media hype. The best thing is the flight should return to Lagos. Since there are confirmed cases in Lagos, or Gwagwalada.”
However, the special adviser to governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Media, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, said the passenger’s sickness was not a case of COVID-19, Premium Times reports.
According to him, the pilot refused to open the doors when the plane landed after a passenger was reported to be vomiting, pending the arrival of CDC experts who examined the person and found his was a case of flight phobia, being a first-time air traveller.
“The CDC team also took precautionary measures by spraying the entire plane and passengers with disinfectants,” Mr Tanko-Yakasai added. “They equally took details of the passengers in case of any issue that might arise afterward.”
Also commenting on the development, the co-chair, Kano State Task Force on COVID-19, Abdulrazak Habib, told journalists that a preliminary test-run on the patient returned negative and he did not have symptoms of COVID-19.
‘’The case is a young man of 17-years old and a first-timer boarding aircraft. The boy boarded the aircraft for the first time and developed phobia,’’ said Mr Habib.”
Mr Habib said the boy was discharged after his data was taken.