The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Acting Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement by Wisdom Acka, a staff of the information department of the FCTA, Dr. Kawu is currently receiving treatment at the Asokoro District Hospital.
He said the acting secretary went into isolation 12 days ago after he experienced feverish conditions.
“This prompted him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive,” Acka said.
“I want every Nigerian, 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,” Kawu enjoined residents in the statement.
Kawu lamented that frontline health workers risk infecting members of their families at home, adding that his family members who are infected are also being managed within the FCT system.
“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,” Kawu added.
He also praised health workers for their commitment and patriotism, stressing that they are risking their lives to protect the society.