- President Muhammadu Buhari has sent words of encouragement to Geoffrey Onyeama
- Onyeama, Nigeria's foreign affairs minister has tested positive to coronavirus
- President Buhari hailed him as a tireless worker and strong pillar of his administration while wishing him well
President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the news that Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama has tested positive to COVID-19.
The president, in a tweet on Sunday, July 19, wished the minister a speedy recovery from the dreaded virus.
“I wish Geoffrey Onyeama speedy recovery from Covid-19. Nigeria is eternally grateful for his diligence in attracting international support to defeat the pandemic and boost the economy.
“He has been a tireless worker and strong pillar of our administration,” the president tweeted.
Enugu-born Onyeama announced that he has tested positive to coronavirus 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.
The minister revealed that he is now heading for isolation in a health facility while hoping for a full recovery.
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.