- Minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi has gone into self-isolation
- The minister met his foreign affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, last week
- Onyeama has since tested positive to COVID-19
Minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi has gone into self-isolation as one of the guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The minister took the precautionary step after meeting his foreign affairs counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, who has since tested positive to COVID-19.
Onyeama revealed that he has tested positive to COVID-19 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 spokesman, police affairs ministry, Seyi Odutayo, told journalists that Dingyadi is taking the measure based on possible exposure to the virus after meeting Onyeama.
His words: “I can confirm that the minister met with his foreign affairs counterpart last Thursday and following the announcement that Mr Geoffrey Onyeama tested positive for the virus, the minister of police affairs has also decided to go into isolation in compliance with the NCDC guidelines.”
Also, senior officials and staff of the ministries of foreign affairs and police affairs may also undergo mandatory testing for COVID-19 for possible exposure.
Apart from Dingyadi, other prominent persons like Senator Aliyu Wammako and some foreign diplomats met with Onyeama last week.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari over the weekend, reacted to the news that Onyeama 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.
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.
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