While countries around the globe have tightened rule as world coronavirus deaths pass 750,000, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, has shared something that went viral.
Mr. Geoffrey has described how he contracted and survived the COVID-19 infection for about three weeks.
Speaking at the Joint National Briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, Onyeama shared some of his experiences.
The minister was confirmed positive on July 19 after his fourth COVID-19 test and joined the list of top politicians and other prominent Nigerians who have contracted the virus.
In Nigeria, over 34,000 COVID-19 cases have been discharged out of over 48,000 total confirmed cases with a little over 960 deaths. From the number of survivors, a good percentage are confident in sharing their stories.
The Foreign Minister said: “I have to say that one of the things I was thinking about is that the PTF is like a military high command. It occurred to me that none have been tested positive.
He believes it could be a good thing that a member of the team can now speak to others from experience, and not just from hearing. The Minister reminded all that COVID-19 is real. He said he used to have three layers of protection but it did not stop him from contracting the virus.
He added: “I will like to say that the issue of stigmatization is nothing to be ashamed of. Anybody can get this virus and it is nothing to fear. It is not a death sentence.
Mr. Onyeama recounted that in his case, the moment he felt something different on a Friday, he was tested the following day. He admonished people not to feel that contracting the virus is anything shameful. He added that people could treat it like any other sickness.
Mr. Onyeama said he had discussed with the Minister of Health, suggesting that people who cannot be tested sooner enough, can be given some medication.
The minister further said: “I will like to use the opportunity to thank the medical crew in the isolation center I was staying and I’m very proud that they are Nigerians.”
Having been in the isolation center for three weeks, the Minister lauded the efforts of the medical crew, adding that he could even go back there for weekends. He congratulated them on the work they did.