The President's Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, reacted to his health after a coronavirus test that was positive.
In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, according to the presidential aide, based on medical advice, he will be transferred to Lagos for further examinations and observations after positive tests for COVID-19 illnesses last week and then to isolate himself.
Kyari said he would receive treatment at his own expense so as not to overburden the public health system, although he claimed he did not have a high fever or any other symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
While explaining that he has been working at home since he tested positive for COVID-19, the chief of staff said he hoped to return to his desk soon.
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He also assured that he has young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic support colleagues and working seven days a week to serve the President and the people of Nigeria.
SEE FULL DECLARATION HERE
Press release –
Health status of Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari
March 29, Abuja
I am writing to inform you that, with medical advice, I will transfer to Lagos later today for further testing and observation. This is a precautionary measure: I feel good, but last week I tested positive for the coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I followed all the protocols that the government announced to self-isolate and quarantine.
I took care of myself to avoid overburdening the public health system, which faces so much pressure. Like many others who also show positive results, I have not had a high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working at home. I hope to be back at my table very soon. I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues, whose dedication went beyond duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time saved. We will continue to serve the President and the people of Nigeria, as we have done for the past five years.
I want to thank all of our fantastic, talented and courageous healthcare professionals who work across the country at such a difficult time; all the good Samaritans who care for the most vulnerable in our communities; the main workers who will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers, who sent me such warm wishes and showed such generosity of spirit.
We must be calm, measured and diligent – be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with hand cleaning, if possible stay at home or keep your distance. Listen to good advice from competent authorities: don't listen to special cures or fake social media news. President Buhari will do whatever is necessary to protect the health and safety of our people and to recover the country as soon as possible.
Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our experts are learning more all the time about the coronavirus, what it does and how we can fight it. What we do know is that while some may become very sick, many others who contract the virus will not and may not have any symptoms. This is a disease that recognizes no difference between north and south, men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together.
Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari