- Another prominent Nigerian has tested positive to coronavirus
- This time it is foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama
- The minister disclosed this via his Twitter handle on Sunday, July 19
Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive to coronavirus.
The minister made the disclosure via his Twitter handle on Sunday, July 19.
According to him, he had a throat irritation and he decided to get tested for the fourth time and it came back positive.
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The minister revealed that he is now heading for isolation in a health facility while hoping for a full recovery.
Onyeama's friend and all, Late Mallam Abba Kyari, died of the virus a few months ago.
In a glowing tribute, the foreign affairs minister revealed how he and Kyari have been friends for decades and praised his friend's work ethic as a private individual and subsequently, government official.
The Enugu-born minister has also been very active as a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 headed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Meanwhile, the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) has called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to the guidelines of the NCDC on the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
National Commandant of the Corps, Dr Dickson Akoh, gave the advice at the weekend, during PCN’s 22nd-anniversary celebrations held in Benue state.
‘‘The Peace Corps of Nigeria, therefore, is of the most considered view that policymakers, security agencies, frontline health workers and the entire citizenry must be closely-knit in a shared understanding and struggle against this invisible enemy called COVID-19,’’ Akoh stated.
But, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says 24 per cent of households in Nigeria do not have sufficient soap to wash hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The NBS stated this in a report released on Tuesday, July 14, saying seven per cent of households reported insufficient water for washing hands.
“The most readily available COVID-19 preventative measure is washing hands with soap and water; however, insufficient access to soap and water for washing is a hindrance for some households,” the report stated.
Also, analysis of the report showed that 73 per cent of respondents reported wearing a mask and 77 per cent washing their hands all or most of the time after being in public.
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