Mohammed Kawu, Acting secretary of the health and human services secretariat of the federal capital territory administration (FCTA), has tested positive for coronavirus.
In a statement on Thursday, FCTA said Kawu’s family members also contracted the virus.
The statement said the Secretary of Health, an equivalent of the commissioner of health in a state started to show symptoms of the disease 12 days ago.
Speaking with journalists at the Asokoro District Hospital, he had told journalists that his condition was moderate.
“I want every Nigerian, as I have always told them in the media, to know that this thing is real and anybody can be infected, especially those of us that are in the front line,” he said.
“The disease can be fatal and it is important that everyone follows all the extant guidelines of hand washing or sanitising, maintain physical distancing, wearing of facial coverings and staying at home.
“I am happy and I thank my creator that mine was moderate infection. I got some symptoms that were not very severe. I had to be on intravenous (IV) drugs for about 10 days. I am stronger now. Probably they will discharge me anytime soon.”
Kawu had said the biggest problem of being on the frontline is “infecting members of their families at home.”
His family members who are infected are also being managed within the FCT system.