By Stanley Onyekwere
The Acting Secretary of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Mohammed Kawu, has been discharged from the Asokoro District Hospital, Abuja, after testing negative for the Coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19.
Kawu disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday moments after he was declared free of the Coronavirus.
It would be recalled that the Acting Secretary had been receiving treatment at the Isolation facility within the Asokoro Hospital, following disclosure that he and some members of his family had contracted the disease about two weeks ago.
According to the Secretary, the final tests conducted on them returned negative which prompted their discharge from the hospital.
Narrating his experience as a Coronavirus patient, Kawu, he had moderate to severe symptoms.
“I developed chest infection, so I had to be on antibiotics for some days. But thank God, myself and members of my family do not have the symptoms again and we have been discharged from the isolation centre”.
However, Acting Secretary, who warned against stigmatizing victims of the disease: “Even me, I was not spared. I heard that people around the neighborhood where I live were spreading the news in fear. So we need to really work on the stigma issue”.
He therefore reiterated that COVID-19 is real and anybody can be infected, warning that the disease can be fatal.
“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”, he stated.