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Coronavirus: NCDC boss Chike Ihekweazu in self-isolation after China trip



Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, is in self-isolation coronavirus immediately after his return from China

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire made the disclosure when he briefed the leadership of the senate on the level of preparedness by the Ministry.

He said the Director-General of NCDC will remain in isolation in one of the rooms in his house for 14 days.


The NCDC boss had visited China on the request of the Chinese Government to understudy and conduct research on the behavioural pattern of CoronaVirus.

“I am well and have continued my duties from home since my return from China as part of the WHO-China Mission on #COVID19,” Ihekweazu said on Twitter on Tuesday evening. “The rumour that I am sick or in quarantine is obviously false. I look forward to returning to the office after 14 days of self-isolation.”

The Health Minister said the action was in line with the safety procedures by the Ministry of health.

On Nigeria’s level of preparedness, the Minister said the Ministry has established isolation centres in four cities where Nigeria has international airports.

The cities are Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt.

He said these were in addition to scanners discretely mounted at the 4 airports that capture body temperature without the passengers being aware.


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