By Ismaila Chafe/Aminu Garko
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Saturday tested negative to the Coronavirus (COVID-1).
Dr Maku Sidi, Commissioner for Health, confirmed this in a telephone interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Bida.
“Gov. Bello was in Abuja for APC Governors’ Forum and other official engagements and had contact with those suspected to be COVID-19 positive; consequently, he submitted self for test and it came out negative.
“Since his return to the state, he has gone into self-isolation as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus.
“There is no cause for alarm; we are doing everything humanly possible to deal with the situation at hand as a normal precautionary measure.
“We in Niger are not taking things for granted; every citizen must engage in personal hygiene and take actions that can help us to overcome this health challenge once and for all,” he said.
He said that movements into, and outside, the state had been banned in the effort to prevent the entrance and spread of the dreaded Coronavirus.
The commissioner urged people to support government efforts to protect Niger residents from being infected by the pandemic.
Sidi urged residents to adhere strictly to health advice, especially social distancing and the constant washing of both hands with soap and running water.
Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, has disclosed that he tested negative to the deadly Coronavirus disease.
The Presidential aide, who made this known on his verified Twitter account in Abuja on Saturday, however, advised all citizens to stay at home as recommended by relevant authorities to guide against the spread of the virus.
He said: ”My test proved negative for the virus. Notwithstanding, I advise everyone that we continue the isolation and work from home.”