Foreign Affairs Minister, Onyeama speaks on his coronavirus survival

Geoffery Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who just tested negative to COVID-19 has informed the public that the virus is not a death sentence.

He made the above comment while speaking during the daily briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 in Abuja, where he urged those infected not to be ashamed of stigmatization that anybody could contract the virus.

It could be recalled that Onyeama was confirmed COVID-19 positive on July 19 after his fourth COVID-19 test, but later recovered after three weeks, when he tested negative to the virus.

Onyeama, while speaking on his survival, said medication should be recommended to infected persons sooner.

According to him: “I have to say that one of the things I was thinking about is that the PTF is like a military high command.

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

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

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

Onyeama also commended the medical team who attended to him when he was down with the virus.

As at Thursday night the latest figure as was disclosed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC is over 48, 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

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