FCT Health Secretary tests negative for COVID-19, discharged from Isolation Centre

MOHAMMED Kawu, acting Secretary of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat,  has been discharged from Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja where he has been receiving treatment, after testing negative for COVID-19.

Kawu disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday moments after he was declared free of coronavirus.

It would be recalled that the acting Secretary had announced that he and some members of his family had contracted the disease about two weeks ago.

Speaking about his experience as a coronavirus patient, Kawu said he had moderate to severe symptoms.

“I developed chest infection, so I had to be on antibiotics for some days. But thank God, myself and members of my family do not have the symptoms again and we have been discharged from the isolation centre.”

He said the final tests conducted on them returned negative which prompted the discharge and warned against stigmatizing victims of the disease.

“Even me, I was not spared. I heard that people around the neighborhood where I live were spreading the news in fear. So we need to really work on the stigma issue,”Kawu said

He  reiterated that COVID-19 is real noting that anybody can be infected and that the disease can be fatal.

“It is important that everyone follows all the extant guidelines of hand washing or sanitizing, maintain social distancing wearing of facial covering and staying at home,” he said.

Abeeb Alawiye formerly works with The ICIR as a Reporter/Social Media officer. Now work as a Senior Journalist with BBC News Yoruba. You can shoot him an email via [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @habsonfloww

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