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Why Nigeria COVID-19 Patient Dance, Play in Isolation Centres-NCDC

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The Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazun has explained why some Nigeria COVID-19 patients dance and play in isolation centres.

He said since the disease may not weaken some people’s body system as badly as others, the need to exercise and stay physically active drove the need to allow them play and dance in the isolation centers.

Ihekweazu while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, added that a confined COVID-19 patient is not only because of their sickness but to also prevent them from spreading the virus.

He further revealed that most of the patients at isolation centres are complying with the guidelines at the centres.

“I think people really need to understand why people are being put in these centres. Normally, you only go into a hospital when you’re ill, get a diagnosis, and then you are sometimes admitted if you’re very ill.

“But in this case, following the experience from other countries, we made a decision as a country to also put people in isolation centres not just because they are ill on their own but in order to stop them from transmitting this virus to others.” He said.

He shared that during his visit to China, persons quarantined could exercise and dance because being in isolation for three to four weeks when you are not physically ill isn’t palatable.

He explained further that this was needed to clear the video going viral on social media, where COVID-19 patients in Nigeria were seen dancing and playing.

“So, these are things we have to use to reassess our decisions. It is very difficult to make decisions based on one viral video. One Whatsapp video does not represent the experience of people across the country,” the NCDC DG added.

“It is very important that as leaders we are not pushed down a decision path because one video happened to go viral. Many people in these centres around the country are complying.”He noted.

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