Coronavirus: Nigerian head of NCDC under self-isolation upon return from China, says health minister


Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is head of the NCDC
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is head of the NCDC

 

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu is currently under self-quarantine for possible infection of the deadly coronavirus.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, who was at the National Assembly on Tuesday, to brief the senate leadership on the level of Nigeria’s preparedness to contain the virus disclosed this to the leadership of the Senate.

According to him, Mr Ihekweazu went into self-quarantine after his return from China to Nigeria and will remain in quarantine in his house for 14 days.

The NCDC has on its official  Twitter social media account clarified that the DG is in self-isolation upon arriving Nigeria based on advice.

NCDC claims DG is in self-isolation and not quarantine as being reported in some media.

In response, Senate President Ahmed Lawan has asked the Ministry of Health to immediately step up the plan to create more isolation centers in all the states of the federation or at least make plans to have one in each of the six geopolitical zones.

 

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