Coronavirus: Director-General not quarantined ― NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, is not “in quarantine over coronavirus.”

This clarification is necessary following media reports to the contrary.

A statement from the centre explained that between the 16th and 24th of February 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) deployed a high-level mission to China.

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The joint mission had 25 national and international experts, including the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.

The Mission met with counterparts in China to understand their response to coronavirus 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 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,” the statement read in part.

It further stated that 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.

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