- Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health has threatened to expose those who have failed to isolate themselves
- Ehanire revealed that some Nigerians have refused to comply with the directive in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus
- Nigerians have been advised by the health minister to take self-isolation very serious
Following the fear of coronavirus spreading in Nigeria, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the minister of health, has threatened to publish the names of those who failed to isolate themselves as a preventive measure in the country.
While giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, March 23, in Abuja, Ehanire issued the threat saying that self-isolation is to protect the loved ones and friends of those in question, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said: “We are asking some people to self-isolate for 14 days to help prevent the spread of COVID19. Self-isolation is an effective precautionary measure to protect those around you, your family and friends from contracting COVID19; it means taking simple common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible.”
The health minister while urging Nigerians to take self-isolation and social distancing very seriously, insisted that the government would not make it compulsory as some of its counterparts in the continent.
Ehanire said that the sense of responsibility of Nigerians is being counted on by the government, specifically travellers from high-risk countries, to self-isolate themselves and report so that the country's health system will not be burdened.
Meanwhile, the minister has announced that the government would work with private hospitals to strengthen diagnostic capacity.
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Legit.ng previously reported that not less than 35 senators who returned from the United Kingdom, like their colleagues at the lower chamber, failed to adhere to the self-isolation guideline.
The senators, according to The Nation, attended a Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) seminar in London. But upon returning back to Nigeria they showed up at the chambers and mingled with their colleagues instead of going on compulsory 14-day isolation to know their infection status.
Similarly, Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, raised an urgent alarm to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, about the arrogance of some Nigerian lawmakers towards health officials at the airport.
According to Premium Times, Kyari, in a letter addressed to the speaker of the lower legislative chamber on Saturday, March 21, said the minister of health had drawn his attention to lawmakers' repeated violation of screening procedures at the airports.
In other news, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported that there are four new cases of coronavirus in Nigeria.
The NCDC via its official Twitter account late Monday, March 23, revealed that the three of the confirmed cases are from Lagos state while one is from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja bringing the total number of cases to 40.
The tweet read: “Four new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Nigeria. 3 are in Lagos state and 1 in FCT. Two of these cases are returning travellers.”
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