It frowned at fake news peddled on social media platforms, saying such rumour was counterproductive to the campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hadiza Namadi, the Information Officer, Ministry of Health, in a statement on Wednesday in Kano, stressed that the threats posed by the Coronavirus pandemic was “no joke”.
Namadi quoted the Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Tsanyawa as saying: “We wish to state unequivocally that there was no passenger in the aircraft with suspected case of COVID-19”.
She said that upon information about the patient, the epidemiology and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) team at the airport, conducted preliminary examination on the passenger.
“The team confirmed that the patient is a first time air traveller and developed phobia, which made him sick,” she said.
Namadi reiterated commitment of the ministry to adopt proactive preventing measures to protect citizens and support the airport health personnel to carry out secondary screening of all in and outbound passengers.