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FCTA Health Secretary tests positive for Covid-19
*Urges residents to follow health guidelines

13th Jul, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

Acting Secretary of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)'s Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Mohammed Kawu has tested positive for COVID-19. Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Dr. Kawu, whose position is equivalent to a Commissioner for Health in a state government, said it was very important for Nigerians to appreciate that COVID-19 is real and can be fatal. His words: "I want every Nigerian, like I've always told them in the media, to know 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.''

On the challenges of being a frontline health worker, Dr. Kawu said that the major drawback was infecting members of their families at home, saying his family members who are infected are also being managed within the FCTA health 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."

On other frontline health workers, Dr 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." He added: "So, my appeal to everyone in society is that we must all be part and parcel of this fight against COVID-19. Everybody must take personal responsibility to ensure that he or she protects his or herself and his or her family."

Other COVID-19 patients also receiving treatment at the Asokoro isolation and treatment center also called on the public to observe all extant guidelines to tame the spread of the disease. The FCT has seven isolation and treatment centers across the Territory, six of them being public facilities while one is privately managed.

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According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he added he (Minister) found very useful in the running of the affairs of FCTA, adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation's capital's bureaucracy was not an easy one.

Director of Public Health, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, has counseled residents of the Territory to distance themselves from persons who fail to put on face masks.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubarka Adamu, received three operational vehicles donated by Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited to the Nigeria Police Force in support of ongoing efforts at repositioning the Force for optimal performance.

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commended Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for its efforts in development of basic education in the Territory.


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