Coronavirus: Atiku’s son tests positive again despite 4 weeks treatment

Coronavirus: Atiku’s son tests positive again despite 4 weeks treatment

- Mohammed Abubakar a son of Nigeria’s former vice-president, has again tested positive for the coronavirus infection

- Medical officials familiar with his case disclosed that Mohammed has continued to test positive despite being placed on medication for 28 days

- The development has reportedly surprised medical experts who are puzzled by his medical condition

Mohammed Abubakar, a son of Nigeria’s former vice-president, has again tested positive for coronavirus four weeks after he was first confirmed.

A medical official familiar with his case told Premium Times that Mohammed has continues to test positive despite being placed on medication, including antiretroviral and immune-boosting vitamins for 28 days on.

“He tested positive again yesterday. We are doing all that is in our power to ensure his recovery, but he can only be released after he has been deemed completely recovered,” the official who did not want to be named told the online newspaper.

Another official was reported to have said that Mohammed’s unique condition has puzzled experts at the NCDC.

Meanwhile, the federal government has issued a warning to all private hospitals across the country engaging in unauthorised treatment of cases of coronavirus pandemic.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the threat was issued on Thursday, April 16, by the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, saying that the government would not hesitate to close down private hospitals that engage in unauthorised treatment of COVID-19. gathered that the minister warned that the country cannot afford avoidable morbidity and mortality.

Speaking during the daily media briefing by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Ehanire stated that private facilities must obtain accreditation to treat the highly infectious disease; warning that practitioners who engage in unauthorised treatment run the risk of being shut down.

Due to the evidence of community transmission in the country now, Ehanire said the next phase of their strategy is to focus on the community.

In another report, the Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his proactive measures and interventions in tackling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

The governor who made the commendation through his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed stated that the timely constitution of the Presidential Task Force Committee on COVID-19 and the support given to the committee as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC by the presidency had helped in curtailing the spread of the disease in the country.

The governor commended President Buhari for the establishment of laboratories for molecular diagnosis for COVID-19 in Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Sokoto states in addition to the existing ones in the country.

Governor Bello also thanked Mr President for the federal government's recent programme where 62,160 beneficiaries have been captured in Kogi state.

He said the Kogi State Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), has also engaged about 12,000 unemployed youths in its rural job creation scheme

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