Buhari will determine when to lift COVID-19 Lockdown, says Minister of Health


Health Minister Osagie Ehanire says President Muhammadu Buhari will decide when the Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) lockout order will be lifted.

Ehanire disclosed this on Sunday during an interview with Channels Television’s Sunday Politics about the Federal Government’s attempts to address the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.

“In his own time the President must make the declaration. We’ll give him the truth, he’ll find the facts and use his own intelligence to make his own decisions, “the Minister said.

President Buhari had declared a complete lockdown on May 29 in order to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

While directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial 14-day duration, Buhari asked all people in the affected areas to remain in their homes, adding that travel should be postponed to or from other States.

On April 13, the President extended the lockout for another two weeks two weeks after the expiration.

But when asked whether relaxing the lockdown or expanding it is professional wise, the Minister did not claim or object to the issue.

He assumes that each nation is entitled to offset the medical and health benefits from the economic benefits.

According to him, the decision whether to extend the lockout or not must be tailored to the needs of Nigerians.

“What happens is that every nation combines the financial and health benefits of the economic benefits because you have an economy that you don’t want to kill and you have the health side that you don’t want to ruin as well.

“It’s a very delicate balance that you have to make. All countries are doing that; it is not just in our country. They are having the discussion all the time even in the United States. Is it opening the market now or are we not opening it yet? “He said that.

Talking about the unexplained deaths in Kano, the minister clarified that a delegation would be sent to the state to investigate thoroughly the circumstances surrounding the deaths there.

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