Did FG Direct Reopening of COVID-19 Isolation Centres?

VERDICT: True

Claim:

On Friday, December 11, 2020 fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim on ireporteronline that the Federal Government has directed the preparation of the reopening of isolation centers across Nigeria following a perceived second wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The headline of the report read in parts: “FG directs COVID-19 isolation centers to prepare for reopening”

FACT:

Investigations carried out by CDD fact-checkers show that indeed the Federal Government announced the re-opening of COVID-19 isolation centers in the country.

In a statement issued by the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force during a press briefing on Thursday, December 10, FG explained that some isolation centers were closed due to the low turnout of COVID-19 patients/cases.

The COVID-19 PTF said that with the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country isolation centers will be re-opening.

Also speaking at the briefing, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, directed all health workers across the country to be on red alert following the surge in the number of COVID-19 infection.

Enahire said: “We are seeing the increase in the number of confirmed covid19 cases in the last few days, which we have frequently alluded to in recent times. This rightly suggests that we may just be on the verge of a second wave of this pandemic. Last week, we recorded 1843 against 1,235 two weeks before that and 1,126 the week before that,” .

The Minister also indulged every Nigerian to bear it in mind that they all have a role to play in the effort to prevent the explosive spread of the deadly virus disease.

“The US, UK and other countries are going through very difficult times, and we do sympathize with them. To prepare ourselves, I have directed that all Isolation and Treatment Centres, which were hitherto closed due to reduced patient load, to be prepared for reopening and the staff complement put on alert,” Enahire said.

He further added that until Vaccines are available the best bet is still the appropriate use of face masks, physical distancing, hand sanitizers, and observance of respiratory hygiene for prevention and control.

CONCLUSION:

The claim published by the online newspaper on the reopening of isolation centers is True. The Federal Government announced the directive following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across Nigeria.

The CDD urges the general public to always stay protective, avoid crowded environments and to always move around with their hand sanitizers, face masks on as it is obvious, there’s a second wave to the pandemic.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

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