BY MOHD DANLAMI
There was confusion at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, MAKIA in Kano on Tuesday when a passenger onboard of the Air Peace aeroplane was reportedly said to be vomiting, a situation that generated panic and suspicion of Coronavirus case.
DPH NEWS gathered that the pilot to the aircraft which flew from Lagos to Kano upon touching ground at the airport allegedly refused to open the door for the passengers to alight in order to ensure the said passenger is screened and certified coronavirus free or otherwise.
A team of experts from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC arrived the scene only to confirm that the passenger was not Coronavirus positive but was suffering from malaria fever.
Therein, it was also gathered that the passenger was found to have phobia for flight as it was his first time of flying.
The team however took precautionary measures by spraying passengers with disinfectants and also the entire plane.
They equally took down all the details of the passengers incase of any issue that might arise afterwards.
The development went viral on social media with a short video circulating and thereby generating a kind of panic among citizens within and outside the state.
In a swift reaction, the Management of the Air Peace in a statement circulating, have called on the people to disregard the purported report that the passenger was suspected Coronavirus patient describing it as false and a misrepresentation of what actually happened.
“We are stating categorically that this report is false and a misrepresentation of what actually happened.
“While on board, a 17 year old boy started vomiting. As a result, the captain called for emergency on board and requested medical services to be positioned for the aircraft at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
“The flying public should be rest assured that their safety and well-being is our priority. Air Peace screens all passengers before boarding and new crew observe high hygiene practices,” the management however said.
Similarly, the Director, Consumer Protection, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Mallam Adamu Abdullahi cleared the air saying that there was no Coronavirus passenger onboard the flight but a young boy who was air sick.
He said, the reason for the pilot not opening the aircraft door on landing was to reassure passengers that there was no cause for alarm.
Mallam Adamu stated, “The actual issue is that there was a passenger on board the flight whom have never travelled by air and started vomiting on board and the Captain want everything under control before disembarking”.