Self-Isolation Failed – Health Minister Laments, Reveals New Protocol

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Minister Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said protocol self-isolation returning travellers into country did prove .

Ehanire, while fielding questions at daily COVID-19 briefing Thursday, stated that protocol had been reviewed and adopted instead.

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

“We don’t have a provision for isolation at . At the very beginning, we had that provision that if you came and did have a symptom, you isolate at . Since then, all the we are dealing now came and multiplied. order to reduce the incidence of coming and then forming clusters of new , the provision has now changed to what we call isolation- or .

“Quarantine is for those who have been confirmed or who are isolation. If during the period, signs and symptoms show up, they will be tested. If they are , 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.”