The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Kawu, while talking to journalists on Thursday at the Asokoro District Hospital, where he is receiving treatment explained that his journey to the Isolation Center began 12 days ago when he experienced feverish conditions.
This prompted him to undertake the COVID-19 test, which turned out to be positive.
Kawu, who is the equivalent to the Commissioner for Health, said it was very important for Nigerians to appreciate that COVID-19 is real and can be fatal.
In his words: “I want every Nigerians, like I’ve always told them in the media, that this thing is real and anybody can be infected, especially those of us that are on the frontline. The disease can be fatal and 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”.
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On the challenges of being a frontline health worker, Kawu said that the major drawback was infecting members of their families at home.
He said that his infected family members are also being managed within the FCT system.
Speaking on his symptoms and status of his health, Dr Kawu said: “I’m happy and I thank my creator that mine was moderate infection. I got some symptoms that were not very severe. I had to be on intravenous (IV) drugs for about 10 days. I’m stronger now. Probably they will discharge me anytime soon”.
About the status of other frontline health workers, Kawu said: “I noticed very important thing; there is so much commitment by the health workers, they are very committed, very patriotic. They are risking their lives to protect the society”.