COVID-19: Nigeria Not Contemplating Any Lockdown 

Joseph Bakare

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said that the Federal Government is not contemplating shutting down the country on account of rising cases of COVID-19 infections across the country.

Ehanire, confirmed the position Thursday in Abuja, as the number of COVID-19 cases were not threatening enough for a lockdown to be considered.

According to Ehanire, Nigeria has procured nearly 40 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine through the African Union.

He also assured those who have taken the first shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine of the availability of second doses by the end of August; when 3.9 million doses of the vaccine type are expected to arrive in the country.

On Resident Doctors Strike, Ehanire said the Federal government would implement a ‘no work, no pay’ rule.

He said the Doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Resident Doctors; should obliterate the option of the strike; as a tool to resolve their issues.

The Minister said the doctors should consider other options in the interest of the country; particularly at a time the country is in a war situation.

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