Some COVID-19 patients play, dance in isolation centres - NCDC
- It is tough for coronavirus patients to remain in isolation centres without recreation
- This view was put forward by the NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu
- Ihekweazu was reacting to claims that it is now a trend for patients to play and have fun in various treatment centres across Nigeria
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Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has dismissed the rumour that coronavirus patients across the country play, dance and have fun on social media while in isolation centres.
Speaking on Thursday, May 21, Ihekweazu said that one fact Nigerians must understand is that many asymptomatic patients are put in isolation centres not because they are very sick but just so that the transmission of the disease can be curbed, Channels TV reports.
Thus, the NCDC boss explained that it is tough for these persons to be quarantined without anything in place to help them while away the time.
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He said: “When I travelled to China in late February or early March, things were put in place for these people (in quarantine), so they could exercise and dance because it is not easy to be somewhere, in isolation for three to four weeks when you are not physically ill."
Ihekweazu decried the fact that people are using few viral online videos to conclude that it is now a trend throughout Nigeria for patients to play at treatment centres.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the chairman of the task force on coronavirus in Gombe, Professor Idris Mohammed, on Wednesday, May 20, revealed that 31 patients in the state had gone into hiding.
According to Mohammed, the patients sneaked out from the testing centres after test results proved that they have contracted the disease.
He went on to disclose that these persons were among those intercepted at the state borders by security officials.
In his appeal, Mohammed sent a message to the fleeing persons to cooperate with the state's task force and present themselves for necessary treatment, adding that the virus is not a death sentence.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that close to 20 coronavirus patients in Gombe on Tuesday, May 5, made their way from an isolation centre in the Yamaltu Deba area of the state over alleged poor treatment.
Claiming that their conditions have worsened since they arrived at the centre, the protesters who took over the highway linking the state with Borno insisted that they were given poor medical attention and opted for self-treatment outside the facility.
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