We Are Monitoring The Situation In Kano Very Closely — Health Minister

by on April 27, 2020

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, says that a delegation will be sent to the state to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the loss of lives there.

Ehanire disclosed this on Sunday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

According to him, a high ranking fact finding mission visit will be paid to the the Governor, Umar Ganduje in order to look into the situation and find out how the State Ministry of Health can be supported to improve on surveillance, case finding, contact tracing and isolation.

On the rumoured lockdown extension, the Minister said Nigerian Ruler, Muhammadu Buhari will determine when to lift the lockdown order in Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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Ehanire said: “The President will make that announcement in his own time. We will give him the facts, he will consider the facts and make his own announcements using his own wisdom.”

As part of strategic measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country, Buhari had on May 29 declared a total lockdown.

While directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT 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 from other states should be postponed.

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

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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 medical and health-related benefits from 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.

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

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“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 open the economy now or do we not open it now?”

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