Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, who tested positive for coronavirus has arrived Lagos; and currently undergoing preventive treatment on the advice of his doctors.
The top presidential aide, who was flown to Lagos in an air ambulance; was in high spirit and was not showing any symptoms associated with the virus.
Kyari had in a statement on Sunday night disclosed that on the advice of his doctors, he would be transferred to Lagos; for further tests and observation, as a precautionary measure.
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Kyari said he felt well; and had observed all laid down protocols on the disease.
He also disclosed that he had been working from home; and expressed hope to return to work soon.
He praised the staff in his office whom he said worked round the clock; in service to both the president and the country.
He said: “I am writing to let you know that on medical advice; I will transfer to Lagos later today for additional tests and observation. This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but last week, I tested positive for coronavirus; the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I have followed all the protocols government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine.
“I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system; which faces so many pressures. Like many others that will test also positive, I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus; and have been working from home. I hope to be back at my desk very soon.
“I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues; whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week; with no time of the day spared. We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria; as we have for the past five years.”
He thanked the team of health professionals combating the disease; and other well wishers who have reached out to him.
The senior presidential aide said said experts were learning about how to combat the disease; noting that the disease has no respect for tribe or race, rich or poor.
He advised citizens to act with caution and adhere to principles of hygiene; medical advice and maintain social distancing.
“I want to thank all our fantastic, talented and brave healthcare professionals, working across the country in such a difficult time; all the good Samaritans looking out for the most vulnerable in our communities; the key workers that will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers, who have sent me such warm wishes and displayed such a generosity of spirit.
“We should be calm, measured and diligent – be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with cleaning hands, if possible stay at home or keep your distance. Listen to good advice from the proper authorities: pay no heed to quack cures or fake news from social media. President Buhari will do whatever it takes to protect the health; and safety of our people and get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.
“Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our experts are learning more all the time about coronavirus; what it does and how we can combat it.
What we do know is that while some may become very sick; many others who contract the virus will not, and may have no symptoms at all.
“This is a disease that recognises no difference between north and south; men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together,” the statement stated.