Minister of Health, Osagie Emmanuel Ehanire, on Tuesday, revealed why Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, is currently in quarantine.
Okay.ng reports that the minister had revealed why the NCDC DG was quarantined while briefing the Senate on the activities of his ministry to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
According to Ehanire, “the NCDC DG had just returned from China on official visit, and was to be isolated for 14 days in compliance to government regulations on all persons returning to Nigeria from burdened countries, till his status is properly ascertained.
“We were honored that one of the scientists that WHO had chosen to go to China to study the disease was the DG of NCDC. They went there for nine days, during which they carry out investigations.
“But we have already established rules here that anybody who has been to China will go to self quarantine. Chikwe has gone (to China) and come back and has done the test.
“It’s negative, but we have insisted that he must undergo the 14 days of quarantine which is why he was not here today.
“He is not allowed to come out until after 14 days, because if you make rules, you must also obey them, which is to set example for Nigerians that the head of NCDC is self quarantine as we speak. He’s very well but he has to follow the rules.”