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According to Punch, Federal and state governments are bothered by some very important persons’ increasing disregard for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control’s protocol on COVID-19.

It was gathered on Thursday that most of the individuals with COVID-19 symptoms, who patronised private hospitals, contrary to government’s directive,  were prominent persons.

At its daily media briefing on Thursday, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said government would shut unaccredited private hospitals secretly treating COVID-19 patients.

Among others, the NCDC’s protocol on COVID-19 requires anybody that comes from countries with  high burden of the virus to be in isolation for 14  days.

Besides, if such individuals show symptoms of the virus, they are not expected to seek treatment at unaccredited hospitals,  but contact the NCDC.

Also, unaccredited hospitals that get such patients are required to refer them to health facilities approved for treating COVID-19.

A top government official, who confided in The PUNCH, said the task force and other agencies were worried about some prominent persons’ disregard for extant rules on COVID-19.

The source cited the Kano State index case, a retired ambassador;  a  Kwara State accountant, the late Mudeen Obanimomo, and some instances in Lagos, where rich suspected COVID-19 patients went to private hospitals.

The Task Force later stated that hospitals flouting NCDC guidelines will be penalized going forward.

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