From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Ministry of Health on Tuesday, vehemently debunked the rumour of COVID-19 outbreak in the ancient commercial city.
Reacting to a fake video clip circulating in the social media, showing a purported health worker evacuating an imaginary COVID-19 patient at Ijebu Road, Sabon Gari axis of the state metropolis, the Kano Ministry of Health urged the public to disregard such fake news, reiterating that Kano has remained free of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
The Kano State Ministry of Health insisted that Kano has never recorded a single case of Corona Virus outbreak, so far.
According to a Statement signed by the Information Officer of the Ministry, Hadiza Mustapha Namadi, “the attention of Kano State Ministry of Health has been drawn to a video clip with a background voice currently being circulated in social media platforms of health personnel in protective gear allegedly trying to evacuate a Covid-19 confirmed patient at Sabon Gari area of the metropolis.
“The allegation is indeed not true, misleading and mere speculation aimed at creating fear and panic among the good people of the locality and the state in general.
“To keep the record straight and dispel the rumour going round, a call was received at the Covid-19 Call Centre of a sick person suspected to be having the virus upon which a Rapid Response Team of public health personnels was immediately mobilized to the location at Ijebu Road in Sabon Gari.
“The suspected case was identified and his sample taken for examination, the result of which came out negative.
“The state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa, therefore appeal to the general public to disregard the purported news of a confirmed case of Covid 19 in Kano as it is unfounded and a lie being circulated with malicious intent.
“Dr. Tsanyawa added that the state government is taking all proactive measures to against the outbreak of Covid-19 in the state.”