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Health Minister says Kyari has right to privacy as he refuses to state his location since contracting COVID-19

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health

Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, while speaking during a press briefing on Wednesday said that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, has a right to privacy.

Rumours has it that Kyari had been flown abroad for proper medical treatment after contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus. There are rumours on social media that Kyari was flown to Cuba for better treatment.

However, on Sunday, Kyari in a statement said that he was moving to Lagos for more tests and treatment, adding that he was doing well in isolation.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, on Tuesday when asked about Kyari’s location, said he doesn’t know.

Dr. Ehanire while responding to same question on Wednesday however noted that the President’s CoS has a right to privacy. He noted that everyone with COVID-19 whether VIP or a common man are being taken care of properly.

“I want to repeat that every person, including each of you here, has a right to privacy. Each of you has the right to tell anyone whether you have been screened or whether you have tested negative or positive and that right is also granted to those who are in public office or VIPs.

“Some VIPs have chosen to disclose by themselves; some have authorised that their own result can be announced and I announced mine, the SGF gave me the permission to announce his, the Vice-President also gave us permission.

“For those who didn’t give us the permission, we don’t announce their results and we don’t tell you who is positive or negative and we don’t go into the fact of whether they are in treatment or not because it is not part of what the public needs to know.

“But let me tell you that all those who are screened and found positive, whether VIP or common man, are all in good care and in custody and are being properly taken care of.”

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