BY LEVI JOHNSON
Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has promised to maintain the World Health Organisation standard by not publishing the COVID-19 test results of evacuees from Diaspora.
After the arrival of evacuees from Dubai, UAE; the United Kingdom and the United States, they have been transferred to isolation centres for coronavirus test.
Ihekweazu stated this Thursday in Abuja, during the 31st joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to him, the results of the returnees, who are still in isolation undergoing the stipulated 14-days quarantine, will only be shared with individual concern.
His words: “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. About 253 Nigerians were recently evacuated from the UK by the Federal Government and 265 others from Dubai, UAE amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“It’s a global outbreak and we have to engage globally. That global engagement starts with science and understanding the factors driving this outbreak in Nigeria and globally.
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”And as we watch TV every evening, we have seen where science has come in conflict with politics.
”I’m actually very proud of Nigeria that our leaders have actually listened to the science and use the science to drive action.”