COVID-19: Health minister briefs Buhari as officials maintain social distancing

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The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, on Saturday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on developments over the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the briefing, Buhari, Ehanire, and other public officials present maintained social distancing advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as parts of precautions against the spread of the virus across the world.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondent of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), after the closed door meeting with the president, Ehanire said he was summoned to the villa to give additional explanations on some health matters in the country.

The minister, who was accompanied by some officials of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said the president was satisfied with the activities of his ministry and that of the NCDC so far as regard to the ongoing fight against the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Nigeria has so far confirmed 81 cases of COVID-19, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, also confirmed 3,778 cases of Coronavirus in 46 African countries as at March 27, 2020.

The 43 ministers in Buhari’s cabinet had on Saturday in a statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced donation of 50 per cent of their March salaries to support government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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