Health Minister Speaks On Lifting Lockdown, Reveals Next Line of Action

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Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire has spoken on lifiting nearly a month lockdown imposed by federal government.

Ehanire said it is only President Buhari will determine when to lift lockdown order in , Abuja and Federal Capital Territory ().

Ehanire disclosed this on Sunday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday regarding efforts made by the Federal Government to tackle COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

“The President will announcement in own time. We will give him the facts, he will consider the facts and own announcements using own wisdom,” the Minister said.

In order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country, President Buhari had on May 29 declared a total lockdown.

While directing the cessation of all movements in and the for an initial period of 14 days, Buhari asked all citizens in the affected areas to stay in their homes, adding that travel to or other states be postponed.

Two weeks after the expiration, the President extended the lockdown on April 13 for another two weeks.

But when asked if it is professionally wise to relax the lockdown or to extend it, the Minister did not affirm or oppose the question.

He believes that every country has the right to balance the and health-related benefits the economic-related benefits.

According to him, the decision of whether or not to extend the lockdown has to be tailored according to the needs of Nigerians.

“What happens is that every country, you balance the and the health-related benefits the economic-related benefits because you have an you don’t want to kill and you also have the health side that you don’t want to destroy.

“It’s a very delicate balance which you need to do. All countries do that; it’s not only in our country. Even in the United States, they have that debate all the time. Do we the now or do we not it now?” he said.

Speaking on the mysterious deaths in , the Minister explained that a delegation will be sent to the state to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the loss of lives there.