The Federal Capital
Territory Administration (FCTA) Acting Secretary of the Health and Human
Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu has tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr Kawu, while talking to
journalists yesterday at the Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently
receiving treatment explained that his journey to the Isolation Center began 12
days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions. This prompted him to take
the COVID-19 test which turned out to be positive.
Dr 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.
On the challenges of being a
frontline health worker, Dr Kawu said that the major drawback was infecting
members of their families at home. He said that his family members who are
infected 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”.
Speaking 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 continued "So, my appeal
to everyone in the society is that we must all be part and parcel of this fight
against the COVID-19. Everybody must take personal responsibility to ensure
that he or she protects his or herself and his or her family," he
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
The FCT has 7 isolation and
treatment centers across the Territory. 6 of them are public facilities while
one is privately managed.
Wisdom Acka is
a staff of the Information Department of the FCTA
PICTURE CAPTION : Dr Mohammed Kawu speaking from his bed at the Asokoro Hospital