The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has refuted reports from the media stating that it’s Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu is in ‘quarantine over coronavirus,’ saying, “This is false.”
A statement from the Communications Department of NCDC says; “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.
Between of February 16 and 24, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) deployed a high-level mission to China. The joint mission had 25 national and international experts, including the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.”
The Mission met with counterparts in China to understand their response to COVID-19 and how the global community can learn from this. As recommended in NCDC’s public health advisory, travellers from countries with ongoing transmission of COVID-19 are advised to proceed on 14-day self-isolation, whether well or unwell,” the statement read.
The Director General has adhered to this, to protect himself and the public. He has been tested since his return, and has shown no symptoms of COVID-19 infection. He remains in good health, it also said.
Prof Osagie Ehanire, the 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, the statement added.