Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has issued guidance for self-isolation in Nigeria as the nation responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the centre, revealed that self-isolation means strictly staying at home or at an identified accommodation, away from family members or the public for 2 weeks.
According to Ihekweazu, if any citizen is unsure about self-isolation or if they have no clue on where to go, they can quickly reach out to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for proper guidance and adequate solution.
He added that those coming into Nigeria from other nations should ensure that they are picked up by only one person and should always public transport if they wish to curb the spread of the disease.
His words, “This means any situation where you may come in close contact with others in face to face contact closer than two metres i.e. five feet is dangerous.
“If you are unsure if you should be in self-isolation, or if you do not know where you can go, please contact NCDC for free on 080097000010,”
“If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with COVID-19, your risk of getting COVID-19 is very low. This is a stressful period, but taking measures will help protect you, your family and all Nigerians from COVID-19,”
“On arrival to the country, ensure that you are picked up by ONLY one person; you should avoid use of public transport and do not sit in the co-drivers’ seat, maintain at least one metre between yourself and the driver.
“Ensure adequate ventilation throughout your trip and avoid contact with the driver. You should not travel across states in Nigeria during the self-isolation period either by plane, train, bus or car.”
These details will guide our surveillance teams in monitoring you while under self-isolation for 14 days. And if living with others, please stay in one room.
“You should limit your contact with people. You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food without having physical contact with you.
“If you are in a home where the other residents have not travelled e.g. your home / flat, student accommodation, minimise close contact with the other residents by avoiding situations where you may have face-to-face contact closer than two metres.”
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