I’m not quarantined for coronavirus, I’m on self-isolation – NCDC boss

The Director-General of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekewazu, on Tuesday, dismissed reports that he is being quarantined for coronavirus.

Ihekweazu told journalists he was on self-isolation and working from home.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, had told the Senate that the NCDC boss was being quarantined for the virus.

The minister stated: “Chikwe had gone to China and return and has done the test. It is negative, however we have demanded that he must undergo the 14-day of quarantine which is the reason he isn’t here today.

“He isn’t permitted to come out until after 14 days, because if you make rules, you should likewise obey them, which is to set example for Nigerians that the head of NCDC is self-quarantined at this very moment. He’s very well yet he has to follow the rules.”

However, the NCDC boss conceded he was a part of a World Health Organization (WHO) delegation that visited China recently.

He stated: “I was not quarantined. I was a part of the delegation of the DG of the WHO to China for research and I have since returned. I am not being quarantined.”

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

“The rumor that I am sick or in quarantine is clearly bogus.

“I look forward to returning to the office after 14 days of self-isolation.”