Nigerians have been left in the dark about the current health situation of Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is as the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted on Thursday that Kyari’s health status is a personal affair which can only be made public by him.
Alhaji Mohammed stated this when he was asked by newsmen for updates on the health condition of Kyari.
Naija News recalls Kyari was on Tuesday, 24th March, confirmed positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection after returning from his Germany trip. He has since been undergoing treatment.
Commenting on the situation, Mohammed said: “It is a pity that in this part of the world, we have no respect for the right of individual. I have no right to announce the status of anyone. When I went through the test yesterday, only my result was made available to me. I was not privy to others’ results.
“The issue is that we don’t have the right to say X has tested positive or A has tested negative.”
The Minister then went ahead to provide general information on how the government is handling the cases of those who have been confirmed positive for the virus.
“In the treatment of COVID-19, we have four categories. The first category is that some people will have no symptoms at all; second will have mild symptoms; third will have moderate symptoms; and the fourth category will have severe symptoms, and may require oxygen and may even require a ventilator.
“Those ones with severe symptoms will go to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada. The other categories will be in facilities where they can be taken care of. The aide who tested positive is receiving treatment at a secure facility, and does not need category four treatment (severely symptomatic), but requires only general medical treatment.
“If anybody gets to the category four level, then, we will move him or her to a higher facility for treatment but that situation has not arisen.”
According to him, these measures adopted by the government has ensured the facilities and workers are not overstreched.
“It is because we are grading those that have been affected by the coronavirus this way, that is why you have not seen that Gwagwalada is overcrowded – the grading determines those who are going into secure facility or less sophisticated areas. We have capacity to handle cases right now,” he noted.