The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has disclosed that the Federal Government is reviewing its policy on institutional isolation, especially of asymptomatic persons to ensure that the existing isolation and treatment centres are not overwhelmed.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that, on Thursday, the NCDC recorded 284 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 6677.
The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, who spoke on Thursday on a TV programme monitored by The Nation, said: “We have already started thinking about reviewing our protocol so that our isolation and treatment centres are not overwhelmed.
“This is why with this virus there is no easy solution. Some schools of thought believe that home isolation in some states like Lagos, Kano is not possible because of the living condition of people.
“On the other hand, our treatment centres are full and we don’t want to keep filling them up with people that are asymptomatic.
“In the case when you now have patients that are ill and require hospitalisation, you can’t find the bed space because they are occupied by people that are asymptomatic, who you are admitting for public health purposes.
“In an ideal world, we are to admit everyone, which is what China did. But, we don’t live in an ideal world by every stretch of our imagination in Nigeria. So, these are the decisions that we have to make at the Presidential Task Force every single day.
“So, if we are forced to do home isolation and you come to a home where there are two bedroom or one bedroom, how do you do that home isolation? It means everyone else has to sacrifice by leaving the home for some time to live somewhere else.
“We cannot force that to happen; the family will have to make that sacrifice and they will have to do it on their own because we cannot go around evicting people from their homes.”
He implored on Nigerians to be their brothers’ keeper by accommodating those who may have to vacate their houses because their loved ones were being isolated and treated at home.