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COVID-19: Health Minister Ehanire briefs President Buhari on Kano ‘mystery’ disease

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, April 26, received a briefing from Minister of Health; Dr Osagie Ehanire, and Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); Chikwe Ihekweazu, on the latest development over Coronavirus and the reported strange disease in Kano.

Ehanire, who spoke to State House correspondents on the outcome of the closed-door meeting in Abuja; said they briefed the president on the activities and overall positions of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

1st News reported that the briefing of President Buhari by the minister and the Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu came barely 24 hours to the expiration of the 14-day extension to a lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Buhari had on April 13 announced a 14-day extension to a lockdown in Lagos, Abuja as well as Ogun states to combat the deadly virus.

The minister said the PTF presented to the president its advice and recommendations on way forward; as regards the ongoing fight against the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

“We also brought the overall summary apposition of the Presidential Task Force; which as you know comprises not only the health ministry but other ministries.

“We have aggregated the opinions that we have, weighing the health and the socio-economic factors and everything, to present our own opinion and recommendations to Mr President,’’ he said.

Ehanire believed that the nation was winning the fight against the pandemic as all relevant health institutions had agreed to work together; to achieve the desired goal of defeating the novel Coronavirus.

He said: “The fight is going on very well. As I said, all countries have continued with the struggle against Coronavirus; using the strategies that they have developed for their own countries.

“We have developed a strong strategy as we are working with other experts groups like the NCDC and relevant health organisations.

“So, we are also working with the states and the governors.’’

The minister, who also spoke on the reported Kano strange disease; said his ministry had been communicating with relevant agencies including Kano State Government with a view to addressing the health problem.

Ihekweazu, who also spoke to the correspondents; advised Nigerians against wasting their meagre resources on the procurement of what he described as uncertified Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits.

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