How I survived COVID-19 — Foreign Affairs Minister

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By Abujah Racheal

Abuja -. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffery Onyeama, has described how he contracted and survived the COVID-19 infection for three weeks.

Onyeama spoke on in Abuja at the joint briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the minister, who was confirmed positive on July 19 after his fourth , joined the list of governors and other prominent Nigerians who have contracted the virus.

While some died of the of the virus, some survived to tell their stories.

He said: “I have to say that of the things I was thinking about is that the PTF is like a military high command. occurred to me that none have been .

“Maybe was a good thing that a member of the team can speak from experience and not just from hearing. COVID-19 is real. I used to have a three layers of but did not stop that.

“I like to say that the issue of stigmatisation is nothing to be ashamed of. Anybody can get this virus and is nothing to fear. is not a death sentence.

“In case, the moment I felt something different on a Friday, I was tested the following day but we don’t have the capacity.

“I was discussing the Minister of Health that if cannot be tested sooner enough, they can recommend some medication. Don’t feel it is anything shameful. Just treat it like any other sickness.”

The minister added: “I like to use the opportunity to thank the medical crew in the isolation I was staying and very proud that they are Nigerians.

“We can be negative on ourselves but for the three weeks in isolation, I cannot speak more highly of our medical crew. The most agreeable. I could even go back there for weekends. I really congratulate them for the work they did.”