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Health Minister, Ehanire Silent On Question About Abba Kyari’s Whereabouts


The Federal Government on Wednesday parried a question on the whereabouts and the health status of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, who tested positive for coronavirus.

Kyari had, in a letter he wrote to the public on Sunday, confirmed that he tested positive for coronavirus last week and would be in Lagos on Monday for further tests based on medical advice.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, had on Tuesday said contrary to reports that Kyari was at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) isolation centre in Lagos, he did not know his whereabouts in the state.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, yesterday in Abuja at the third joint national briefing of the Presidential Taskforce Force on COVID-19, was, however, silent when asked about Kyari.

“There were few cases of reports or some VIPs who trivialised what the authorities were doing and we got reports that some VIPs refused to have their temperature taken or to fill the forms,” he said.

Kyari in the letter claimed that he has made his personal care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures. “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 noted in the letter.

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