Lauretta Onochie says presidential aide, Abba did not contract COVID-19

Lauretta Onochie says presidential aide, Abba did not contract COVID-19

- Lauretta Onochie, a media aide to the president has faulted a report which claimed that Sarki Abba tested positive for COVID-19

- Onochie described the report which was published by an online newspaper as untrue

- The presidential aide shared some pictures on social media to back her claim

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Lauretta Onochie, a media aide of President Muhammadu Buhari has faulted a report which claimed that a presidential aide tested positive for COVID-19.

The report which was published on Tuesday, September 1, had alleged that the president’s senior special assistant on domestic affairs, Sarki Abba contracted the coronavirus.

Lauretta Onochie says presidential aide, Abba did not contract COVID-19

Onochie in a tweet described the report as fake news. Photo credits: Lauretta Onochie
Source: Twitter

However, Onochie in a tweet described the report as fake news. She disclosed Abba was in good health and shared a picture of the aide to back her claims.

"FAKE NEWS ALERT! Buhari’s Closest Aide, Sarki Abba, Tests Positive For COVID-19 @SaharaReporters This is Mallam Sarki Abba with @SundayAghaeze & I this afternoon. He is the close aide to President Buhari who is the subject of Sahara Reporter's published," her tweet read.

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Meanwhile, recent information from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has indicated that the drop in the number of coronavirus cases does not mean the country has fewer infections.

The health agency on Monday, August 31, at a briefing disclosed that the reduced number of infections is due mainly to the decline in testing by states, The Cable reported.

Elsie Ilori, the head of disease surveillance for the NCDC said no state in the country collected more than 1,000 samples for testing in August.

In another news, the commissioner for health in Lagos, Professor Akin Abayomi, defeated the coronavirus after testing negative on Sunday, August 30.

The good news was announced by the commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, on Monday, August 31.

Omotoso disclosed that test result conducted on Abayomi by health officials returned negative on Sunday, adding that the commissioner will resume his duties gradually.

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Still on health, after much effort from both government and private bodies, Nigeria and Africa, in general, has been declared free from the scourge of polio.

This good news was announced by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health organisation on Tuesday, August 25.

Excited over this, WHO noted that the development marks the eradication of a second virus from the face of Africa since smallpox about four decades ago.

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