- Titus Uba has tested positive for coronavirus
- Uba is the speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly
- The speaker urged those who came in contact with him recently to submit themselves for test
As coronavirus continues to devastate countries, another Nigerian politician has contracted the novel virus.
In this latest case, Titus Uba, speaker of the Benue state House of Assembly, has been confirmed positive for the virus, Channels TV reports.
According to the chief press secretary to the speaker, Lubiem Tiav, only Uba tested positive among four assembly members that were tested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The speaker's household was tested and his last son also tested positive for the virus.
As a result of this, the speaker has requested those who might have come in contact with him recently to submit themselves for tests.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Nigeria's foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, 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.
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.