DG, NCDC Boss on Covid-19: I am in 14-Day Self- Isolation, Not Quarantined

By Ayo Kehinde



Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu,who was part of the World Health Organisation, WHO, delegation to study coronavirus in China has dispelled rumour that he had contacted the disease and stated that he was only following the established rule to go into self-isolation for mandatory 14-days before mingling with the public.

In a tweet @Chikwe_I, the expert said;

“I am well and have continued my duties from home since my return from China as part of the WHO-China Mission on #COVID19 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

Minister of Health,  Osagie Ehanire, confirmed Ihekweazu’s position during his appearance before the Senate leadership on Tuesday,

Ehanire said: “One of the scientists that the World Health Organisation 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 carried out investigations. But we have already established rules here that anybody who has been to China will go to self-quarantine. Chikwe (Ihekweazu) 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.

“It 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-quarantined as we speak. He’s very well but he has to follow the rules,” he added.