COVID-19: Self-isolation failed in Nigeria — Health Minister

Dr Osagie Ehanire

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said asking returning travelers into the country to go on self-isolation is a failed protocol.

He said over the time, the cases recorder did not prove successful.

Ehanire, made this known while fielding questions at the daily Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday.

There, he said instead of telling people to go on self-isolation, the protocol had been reviewed and quarantine was adopted.

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“The policy we have now is that anybody arriving Nigeria from anywhere whether by air, land or by sea will go into quarantine for 14 days. During those 14 days, they will be observed for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 disease. They will be tested at the beginning and at the end.

“We don’t have a provision for isolation at home. At the very beginning, we had that provision that if you came in and did not have a symptom, you isolate at home.

“Since then, all the cases we are dealing with now came in and multiplied.

“In order to reduce the incidence of cases coming in and then forming clusters of new infections, the provision has now changed to what we call isolation-one or quarantine.

“Quarantine is for those who have not been confirmed or who are under isolation. If during the period, signs and symptoms show up, they will be tested.

“If they are positive, they will go to treatment centres. If, after 14 days, they show no symptoms or signs and they are tested and are negative, they are free to go. That is the protocol we have now,” Ehanire said.