- The federal government has said the Covid-19 test results of Nigerians evacuated from places like Dubai, the UK, and the US won't be made public
- Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC chief, added that the result will only be shared with the people who are affected
- The said Nigerians are still undergoing the stipulated 14-day quarantine all returnees are subjected to
The federal government has said that it would not be publishing the coronavirus test results of Nigerian returnees from Dubai, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
This was made known by the director-general of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday, May 14, in Abuja during the 31st joint nation briefing of the presidential task force on Covid-19, Daily Trust reports.
He said the test result of the returnees, who are still in compulsory 14-day isolation, will be shared with those affected.
“We are doing the test, even when the tests are out, we are not going to offer it to you. We will offer it to the returnees. We are not going to make public the results whether you just came back from Dubai or you are living in Nigeria. Results are meant for patients who got tested,” he said.
It should be noted that the NCDC boss said that the agency is looking inwards as it studies cases from other countries to drive needed solutions.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a chartered plane conveying Nigerian returnees from the United Arab Emirates made a U-turn after a pregnant woman reportedly went into labour.
The development was made known by the chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
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The foreign ministry said that discussions are ongoing with British Airways to airlift 300 Nigerians from London on Friday, May 8, while there are talks with Ethiopian airlines to make a flight from New York to Abuja on Monday, May 11.
It should be noted that over 4,000 Nigerians are awaiting evacuation across the world back home, according to foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.
On arrival, the Nigerians will be expected to go into self-isolation and facilities in both Lagos and Abuja have been inspected for that purpose.
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