Secretary to Nigerian govt, 26 Army Generals hit with coronavirus
London, Dec. 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Chairman of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, has admitted that some members of his household have tested positive for coronavirus
The news came same day the Nigerian Army officially announced that 26 senior officers have so far tested positive for COVID-19, in the wake of the death of its General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division Port Harcourt, Maj.- Gen. Johnson Irefin.
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This is as the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, is responding well to home-based care and treatment for COVID-19.
Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), raised the alarm on Sunday in a statement
He said although the persons who contracted the virus were asymptomatic, they had been isolated and were receiving care in one of the government treatment centres.
Mustapha added that although he and his wife tested negative for the virus, he would remain in self-isolation and work from home according to the protocols by the health authorities.
The Acting Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sagir Musa, disclosed on Sunday that a total of 417 personnel had so far been tested with the result confirming 26 cases positive cases
“Currently, all participants are in self isolation irrespective of their results while Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recommended COVID-19 treatment drugs were immediately issued to those that tested positive,” he said.
The army spokesperson also disclosed that all officers and soldiers working at the Army Headquarters were being tested while COVID-19 protocols were being strictly enforced across all units and formations of Nigerian army.
He said that the entire Army Headquarters complex was thoroughly fumigated on Saturday Dec. 12.
Recalled that late Major- General Irefin attended the Chief of Army Staff Conference in Abuja on Monday, where he complained about some discomfort. A day after, he showed classic symptoms of the virus: fever, headache and mild cough.
A test later confirmed he had COVID-19. Despite the efforts to stabilise him, he died of the virus on Thursday 10 December, triggering the shut down of the conference.
Army chief, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai went into isolation and also ordered all the officers who attended the conference to isolate and offer themselves for testing.
Buratai also disinvited the officers to the wedding of his son last Friday