Former president Obasanjo reveals how he tested positive for COVID-19

Former president Obasanjo reveals how he tested positive for COVID-19

- A former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has spoken about his COVID-19 experience

- Obasanjo explained why the disease has not wreaked havoc in Africa

- The international community has been puzzled about the lack of COVID-19 rapid spread in Africa

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A former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, disclosed on Friday, March 5, that he once tested positive for COVID-19.

The elder statesman said he was, however, relieved 72 hours later when subsequent tests came out negative, Channels TV reported.

Former president Obasanjo reveals how he tested positive for COVID-19
Olusegun Obasanjo attends the 25th Annual Africa Oil Week in Cape Town, South Africa on November 6, 2019. Photo: Xabiso Mkhabela
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The ex-president spoke about his near COVID-19 experience during a speech at a colloquium to celebrate his 84 birthday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Kuto, Abeokuta.

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He disclosed that so far he has tested negative three times for the virus.

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He explained that the disease did not escalate in Africa as it did in America, Europe and Asia, due to Africa’s luck to genetics, heat, and peculiar food in the environment.

The former leader also said God’s intervention cannot be ruled out of the reason why the pandemic did not wreak havoc in Africa.

In another report, the federal government has flagged-off the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination exercise at the National Hospital, Abuja.

The exercise will officially commence after the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, officially declares the event open. gathered that the vaccines have already undergone final assessment by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Meanwhile, a report by the Voice of Nigeria says that Dr. Ngong Cyprian has become the first person to be given a COVID-19 vaccine in the country.

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Dr. Cyprian of the National Hospital, Abuja, is also Nigeria's first health worker to receive the jab.

He received the jab during a launching ceremony of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise on Friday, March 5, at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the executive director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) administered the serum to Dr. Cyprian.


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