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New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG
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New COVID-19 Variants Not Cause For Concern – Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says the new variants or strains of the COVID-19 virus in the country are not a cause for concern because viruses mutate all the time. He said they could only be of concern when the new variants or strains are associated with increased transmission. He stated this Thursday during the World Health Organisation’s online news briefing on the latest COVID-19 developments on the continent. He said Nigeria had not announced new variants so far because there had been no increased transmission and morbidity. Ihekweazu said the Nigerian authorities had also ramped up production of oxygen and brought in the private sector . WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, said it was important for countries...
Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 is Possible – NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekwazu
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Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 is Possible – NCDC DG Chikwe Ihekwazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, has said that airborne transmission of COVID-19 is possible and has urged citizens to wear face masks and adhere to other non-pharmaceutical protocols like avoiding mass gatherings, practicing social distancing and maintaining hand hygiene by washing of hands. Speaking during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja today July 13, Ihekweazu said: “Over the past few weeks, increasing evidence has emerged that in addition to droplet infection, we cannot rule out that airborne transmission is also possible as a mode of transmission of COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its guidelines on this saying exactly the same thing,  that we cannot rule out airborne t...
No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No State is COVID-19 Free- NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu

Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that no state in the country is COVID-19 free. Ihekweazu said this today June 22 while speaking at the daily briefing of the presidential task force in Abuja. He said a state can only talk about being COVID-19 free when it is testing and have the effective tool to fight the disease. In his words “No state in Nigeria is COVID-19 free. No country in the world is COVID-19 free. That is why we have to keep doing this work we are doing, testing people, finding out if they have it. Even if some of us are lucky and get away with having asymptomatic infections, we have to test more. We can only talk about a state being disease-free when we have an effective tool to fight the disease. That ...
Nigeria Considers Discharging Yet-To-Recover COVID-19 Patients – NCDC DG
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Nigeria Considers Discharging Yet-To-Recover COVID-19 Patients – NCDC DG

The Nigerian government has said it may consider discharging COVID-19 patients earlier than their required treatment and isolation period, even though they are still positive. The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, made this known at the daily Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Thursday. Mr Ihekweazu said new evidence shows that it is safe to discharge recovering COVID-19 patients even when the results are still positive. “New evidence is emerging that even when the test is still positive after that patient has been in care for a certain amount of time, it is possible and safe to discharge that patient to home isolation. ”So we are looking at the evidence and we might change our guidelines over time.I am s...
Senator Shehu Sani Shares Tweets Questioning the Authenticity of COVID-19 Claims Made by the NCDC
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Senator Shehu Sani Shares Tweets Questioning the Authenticity of COVID-19 Claims Made by the NCDC

Senator Shehu Sani took to Twitter to subtly question the authenticity of COVID-19 claims made by the NCDC. The Nigerian Senator tweeted: "They will say they are short of bed spaces for #Covid-19 patients and they will never show you hundred people in a ward at a time." He said this after Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said that a good number of Covid-19 patients in Nigeria are not in isolation centres because the government is still struggling to increase bed space capacity across the country. In an initial sarcastic tweet, Shehu Sani wrote: "In our Country, dancing to Reggae, Afrobeat , Pop or Shaku with a dosage of Chloroquine in our Isolation Centers appears to have the healing powers for #Covid_19 patients. They dance, the...
We Have Reduced The Number Of Tests Conducted On Persons Infected With Coronavirus Before They Are Discharged – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu
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We Have Reduced The Number Of Tests Conducted On Persons Infected With Coronavirus Before They Are Discharged – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has disclosed that they have reviewed the policy on the discharge of Coronavirus patients in the country. Chikwe who appeared on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Thursday May 21, said the number of tests conducted on persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) before they are certified to have recovered from the disease, was reduced in the new policy. He said; “So, the discharge criterion at the moment is a single negative test in Nigeria. “We used to do two negative tests – 48 hours apart – but because of challenges of bed space capacity, we reduced that to a single negative test then discharge the patient to another one week of home isolation … that’s the policy at the mome...
COVID-19: We Will Lock Down Again If Cases Rise — NCDC
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COVID-19: We Will Lock Down Again If Cases Rise — NCDC

The Federal Government says if there is an explosion of cases of coronavirus infections, it will be left with no choice but to ask all Nigerians to go back to their homes. Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this in Abuja yesterday at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. He said initial reports on compliance with the guidelines on the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari, which took effect yesterday were not too pleasing across the country He expressed concern that corporate organisations, especially banks, flouted the NCDC’s guideline for infection prevention and control. “When we say take responsibility this time, yes we’re ...
Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians
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Reorganise yourselves or risk another lockdown – NCDC warns Nigerians

The Director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said the government may issue another lockdown if Nigerians do not compose themselves. Speaking at the presidential task force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, Chikwe stated that if there is an explosion of COVID-19 cases in the country, the lockdown will be re-issued He said “It is not the guidelines per se, it is the thinking behind it. How do we want to manage the risk of explosion and transmission? Today, we might forgive a little bite because it is the first day,” he said. “We will have infection because of what happened today, no doubt about that. But how can we learn from the mistakes of today into tomorrow, next tomorrow so by Friday hopefully we have normalised some...
COVID-19: We Are Struggling With Bed Spaces In Lagos – NCDC
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COVID-19: We Are Struggling With Bed Spaces In Lagos – NCDC

The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says it is currently “struggling” for bed spaces for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Lagos state which has the highest number of persons infected by coronavirus in Nigeria. There are 947 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos alone and 187 of these patients have been discharged after recovering from the disease. Speaking the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Thursday, Chikwe Ihekweazu, director-general of NCDC, said efforts are being made to change strategy in order not to allow the inadequate bed spaces affect the fight against coronavirus. “Lagos is the only place where we are struggling with bed spaces for now. We will always tells Nigerians the truth. We are struggling with bed spaces in Lagos for now,” he sai...
COVID-19: Chikwe Ihekweazu Says NCDC Desperately Needs More Test Kits
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COVID-19: Chikwe Ihekweazu Says NCDC Desperately Needs More Test Kits

Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, says Nigeria is desperately in need of more ribonucleic acid COVID-19 test kits. In a tweet yesterday, the NCDC boss said this became important as the country expanded testing for the virus. “We’re desperately looking for more RNA extraction kits as we expand #COVID19 testing. “Product: Total viral RNA extraction kits (preferably spin column and with a lysis buffer). Manufacturers: Qiagen, ThermoFischer, SeeGene, Inqaba, LifeRiver etc,” he said.
Nigeria Is Not Yet At Its Coronavirus Peak Yet; We Still Have A Number Of Weeks To Go – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu
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Nigeria Is Not Yet At Its Coronavirus Peak Yet; We Still Have A Number Of Weeks To Go – NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu has revealed that Nigeria still has some number of weeks to go before reaching its Coronavirus peak. Chikwe however stated the agency he heads is instituting different measures to ensure the nation’s health system does not get overwhelmed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He said on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’; “From our projection, we are not near the peak yet; we still have a number of weeks to go. “But we are trying to stretch out these weeks even further so we can push the peak a bit further out but make sure that the peak is not as steep as it would otherwise have been if no measures were put in place.” The NCDC DG who decried the limiting factors making the trans...
COVID-19: ‘We’re Running Against Time With No Laboratories, Ventilators’ – NCDC
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COVID-19: ‘We’re Running Against Time With No Laboratories, Ventilators’ – NCDC

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 is running against time because Nigerians want to return to normal life. He also explained that Lagos State has more testing capacity than Kano State because the first COVID-19 outbreak happened in Africa’s largest commercial city. Ihekweazu spoke during a virtual press briefing by the World Economic Forum/World Health Organisation on Thursday. He said: “We will be transferring some of our knowledge from states to states. We are running against time because people are pushing to live normal life. “At the same time, we are confronted with the escalation phase of the figures. So how to balance this will be very a difficult decision to be mad...
Coronavirus Testing: Lagos Creates 20 Centres, FCT Combs Residents’ Houses
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Coronavirus Testing: Lagos Creates 20 Centres, FCT Combs Residents’ Houses

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday said 20 centres would be created in Lagos State for collection of samples from people suspected to have contracted COVID-19. The NCDC Director General, Chikwe Ihekweazu, who disclosed this at a press conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the samples would be taken to the molecular laboratories in Lagos for testing. Ihekweazu also said door-to-door collection of samples would soon begin in Abuja. He added that Nigeria had increased her testing capacity to 3,000 At the press conference, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that the ministry had expanded its case definition for COVID-19. The NCDC had, on Tuesday, said the problem the country was facing was not the inadequacy of molecular la...
NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu Reveals Why He Doesn’t Wear Face Masks
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NCDC DG, Chikwe Ihekweazu Reveals Why He Doesn’t Wear Face Masks

The Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has explained why he does not wear face mask during the joint briefings of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19 like other members of the committee. Answering questions during the briefing, on Friday, Ihekweazu said the nation was yet to develop a policy on face mask wearing and also that the face mask should be for those infected or the medical frontline medical personnel attending the suspected cases or treating COVID-19 patients. “This is a strategy we need to think about before we implement it. Before we implement a national strategy around mask wearing, we have to be sure we can provide it or at least enable access to it. We will allow for the risk assessment and as the eviden...
Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Maiduguri Testing Centres To Be Ready This Week – NCDC
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Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Maiduguri Testing Centres To Be Ready This Week – NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says By the end of this week, there will be four new molecular diagnostic laboratories for testing the COVID-19 in Kano, Kaduna, Jos and Maiduguri. The Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this on Monday in Abuja at the sixth joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force (PTF) on COVID-19. He said: “We are working to activate two labs in Kano and Kaduna at the same time from tomorrow (Tuesday), and two labs in Jos and Maiduguri from Thursday. By the end of this week, we will have four new laboratories in Kano, Kaduna, Jos and Maiduguri fully active. We are solely assessing every state in the country, but we are starting with states that we already know have a baseline capacity to build on. “The five key targets ...
Buhari Receives Briefing From Osagie Ehanire And Chikwe Ihekweazu
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Buhari Receives Briefing From Osagie Ehanire And Chikwe Ihekweazu

President @MBuhari this afternoon, received briefings from Minister of Health, @DrEOEhanire and Director-General of @NCDCgov,Dr.@Chikwe_I as Nigeria intensifies and introduces new measures to curtail and prevent the spread of #COVID19 outbreak in the country. #COVID19Nigeriahttps://mobile.twitter.com/BashirAhmaad/status/1243883991188541440 Social distancing #COVID19Nigeria
DG of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on self isolation after visiting China
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DG of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on self isolation after visiting China

the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, is currently on self isolation after visiting China. Earlier reports had claimed Chikwe Ihekweazu was on quarantine, but the NCDC has come out to debunk it. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), he was part of the WHO high-level mission to China, and tested negative upon his return. The NCDC wrote on Twitter; “The news that Director General @Chikwe_I is in quarantine over #COVID19 is false. While he was part of @WHO high-level mission to China, he returned healthy, has tested negative and has no symptoms He’s in self-isolation for 14 days in accordance with NCDC’s advisory.”
We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN
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We Beat Ebola, We are Capable of Dealing with Coronavirus- NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu tells CNN

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has said that Nigeria is more than capable of dealing with coronavirus as this has been proven in the manner in which the country handled the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014. Ihekweazu in an interview with CNN today, said “Nigeria is ready. We successfully managed Ebola and we manage outbreaks all the time and are currently managing Lassa fever. We have a strong team that is used to doing this.”  Speaking on how the Italian who has been confirmed with Coronavirus, came into the country without being detected at the Lagos airport, Ihekweazu said temperature scanners at the airport could not detect the disease because the man had no symptom when he arrived Nigeria. “We are very hopeful...
After 129 Deaths, Nigeria Declares Lassa Fever Emergency Over
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After 129 Deaths, Nigeria Declares Lassa Fever Emergency Over

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared the emergency phase of the Lassa fever outbreak ravaging the country over. This is after four and a half months of the country combating the disease in 21 states, leading to 129 deaths. The announcement was made in a press statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Friday. The statement was co-signed by the Director General, NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, and the Officer-in-Charge, World Health Organisation, Nigeria, (WHO) Clement Peter. The ’emergency phase’ of the 2019 Lassa fever outbreak was declared over following a joint epidemiological review by NCDC, WHO Nigeria and other partners. Due to increased report of cases of the disease in some states across the country, NCDC earlier this year (January 22) declared a Lass...
3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba
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3 Dead As Lassa Fever Hits Taraba

No fewer than three persons have been confirmed dead, while several others are under watch in Jalingo, Taraba State capital, following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in the state, World Health Organisation, WHO, has said. Surveillance Officer of WHO, Dr. Bello Ahmed, disclosed this yesterday at a sensitisation workshop on Lassa Fever, organised by the state's Ministry of Health. Represented by Dr. Zeto Philip, the Surveillance Officer said 12 cases have been reported, three confirmed dead, while three positive cases have been placed under close monitoring. Bello, who said six local governments--Bali, Ibi, Gassol, Gashaka, Jalingo and Ardo-Kola-- in Taraba State have been placed on red alert, explained that two deaths have so far been recorded in Jalingo and one in Ardo-Kola, putting the st...
Why Monkey Pox Spread Quickly In Nigeria – WHO
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Why Monkey Pox Spread Quickly In Nigeria – WHO

The Delta State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Bassey Bassey, has said flooding in various parts of the country contributed to quick spread of monkey pox across the affected states. Bassey said this in Abuja on Thursday at a one-day colloquium organised by the Association of Medical Scientists of Nigeria, FCT branch. Speaking on the theme, “Perennial flooding in Nigeria: Communicable diseases and looming antimicrobial resistance”, the WHO coordinator said floodwater was a major source of infectious communicable diseases because animals defecate in floodwater, which humans come in contact with. Bassey, who was represented by Dr Casmir Ifeanyi, said: “Flooding is known to facilitate infectious disease transmission. “It is no longer in doubt. Therefore, tha...
No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu
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No Ongoing Monkeypox Vaccination In South-East – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, says there is no ongoing vaccination against monkeypox in the south-east or any other part of the country. Dr. Ihekweazu said this on Thursday in Abuja at the Senate committee hearing on the reported monkeypox outbreak in parts of the country. The NCDC boss explained that there is no relationship between his organisation and what is going on in the south-east. He, therefore, cautioned Nigerians against participating in any immunization against the disease. Earlier in the week, some parents in Delta and Anambra states reportedly began to withdraw their children from schools, following reports that the army was administering immunization drugs suspected to be harmful. The army h...
Outbreak Of Monkey Pox, Other National Issues Dominate Google Search
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Outbreak Of Monkey Pox, Other National Issues Dominate Google Search

The outbreak of monkey pox which was reported by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) dominated searches on Internet search engine — Google — this week. Google’s Spokesman, Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, made this known in a dispatch to NAN on Thursday in Lagos. According to him, the week’s top trending search terms on Google Nigeria are dominated by national news. He stated that “the NCDC recently stated that the first case of monkey pox was reported on Sept. 22 in Bayelsa. “As at Monday 31, other suspected cases had been reported across seven states including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun and Cross River. “The Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said in a statement that the centre had activated an emergency operation centre to coordinate investigation ...
31 Suspected Cases Of Monkeypox Reported In Seven States – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu
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31 Suspected Cases Of Monkeypox Reported In Seven States – NCDC’s Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says 31 suspected cases of monkeypox have so far been reported in seven states across the country. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the national coordinator/chief executive officer of NCDC, made this known on Monday in Abuja. According to Ihekweazu, following the notification of a suspected monkeypox outbreak on September 22 in Bayelsa, other suspected cases have been reported from six more states. He listed the affected states as Bayelsa, Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross Rivers. Ihekweazu said that samples had been collected from each suspected case for laboratory confirmation. “Results are still being awaited. So far, there have been no deaths recorded,’’ he said. “It is unlikely that many of the suspected cases are actually...
NewsNigeria Mnkeypox Outbreak Under Control – NCDC’s Ihekweazu
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NewsNigeria Mnkeypox Outbreak Under Control – NCDC’s Ihekweazu

Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has urged Nigerians to remain calm as it is working aggressively to control Monkeypox outbreak in Bayelsa state. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that the centre was taking steps to manage the cases and prevent further spread of the disease. According to him a Rapid Response Team (RRT) from NCDC has been deployed to support the Bayelsa State Government in the investigations and public health response. He said that 13 cases were reported, most of them have been discharged but four are still receiving treatment but all of them are doing well and no death reported. He said that if cases are detected early and well managed the chances are that they will survive....

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