Mischievous News: Our DG was never quarantined for coronavirus; he only followed self-isolation protocol –NCDC

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has described media reports that their Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, was “quarantined over coronavirus” as mischievous and false. .

The Centre in a statement on Tuesday confirmed that Dr. Ihekweazu’s was in China between the 16th and 24th of February 2020, for World Health Organization’s high-level mission and on his return, he adhered to NCDC’s recommended public health advisory for travelers from countries with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 to proceed on 14-day self-isolation

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control is aware of reports from the media stating that Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is in “quarantine over coronavirus”. This is false

“The joint mission had 25 national and international experts, including the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu,” the parts of the statement read.

The Centre added that the Mission met with counterparts in China to understand their response to COVID-19 and how the global community can learn from this and as recommended in NCDC’s public health advisory, travelers from countries with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 are advised to proceed on 14-day self-isolation, whether well or unwell

“As recommended in NCDC’s public health advisory, travelers from countries with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 are advised to proceed on 14-day self-isolation, whether well or unwell

The DG has adhered to this to protect himself and the public  He has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 infection. He remains in good health,” the statement said.

It added that the Honourable Minister of Health is very proud of Dr. Ihekweazu’s contribution, which reflects the high-level recognition and respect the global health community has for Nigeria.

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