Mr. Damilare Ojo, Esq., has shared his experience at the Gwagalada Isolation Centre after he had tested positive to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Damilare tested positive to the Coronavirus on 18th day of May, 2020 and was discharged of the virus after 7 days on 25th day of May, 2020.
Meanwhile, while being asked of how the diagnosis was and how he first felt at the isolation centre, he recounted his experience and said:
“Well, for me just like any other Nigerian that had a doubt in the Government and the isolation centres, I was highly impressed when I got to Gwangalada isolation centre here in Abuja…I was a bit scared, I was worried and I didn’t know how well I was going to go with the situation.”
“On getting to the COVID isolation centre in Gwangalada that was on 18th day of May, 2020, I was well received by the doctors who were there, well guarded in their…BPE and we were briefed on how the isolation centre is going to go and (that) we were just there for the meantime.” He said.
On the state of the treatment, Mr. Damilare, Esq., said:
“They gave us quite a number of drugs which were mainly meant to boost our immune system and there was a lot of positivity right there encouraging on us just keeping positive being hopeful and remaining positive.
I must say the welfare packages that accrued to a lot of COVID-19 patients at the centre where I was is really really quite impressive and indeed we need to appreciate the Government for what they did.”
Furthermore, Mr. Damilare shared his thoughts as to the existence of the virus prior to being tested positive thus:
“ I was once with the people who were also in doubt as to the existence of the COVID virus and how it really affected us in Nigeria. I thought it really never existed until I tested positive
It really takes quite a lot of energy to come on air to speak about this situation , I feel highly emotional about it because it really took a toll on me emotionally I must say but, the isolation centre, it was quite a fantastic space.”
Besides, commenting specifically on the treatment being given to COVID-19 patients at the Gwangalada isolation centre, he said:
“I was in a private ward and I didn’t need any form of influence to get that ward. Everybody in Gwangalada isolation centre was put in a private ward well treated, we were well fed and indeed we were well fed with a lot of proteineous meals with quite a lot of meals that would boost our immune system.”
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In addition, he stated that they have been advised not to disclose the drugs used in treating the patients. According to him:
“We’ve been advised not to really talk about the kind of drugs not to cause anxiety in the minds of the people but I must say that we were well taken care of at the isolation centre in Gwangalada.”
Reacting to the short spate of time within which he recovered from the virus, he stated:
“I got out on the 25th of May actually …. To be very honest, it was very difficult and up till now, I would really appreciate the doctors in Gwangalada centre. I don’t know them facially because they were really always well guarded and they just come up to me and say : Oh, and this is your food , we have breakfast for you, we have launch for you , we have dinner for you.”
In another development, he noted that being positive about the situation helped him a lot.
“I was very very positive to be honest because a lot of issues going on in my mind , psychologically I was wondering how was I going to survive this but I held on to God and to be sincere, my loved ones around me were really really helpful. I strongly believe that being positive about this situation is what really helped me, I never for once was worried about what has happened. I was never really brooding, I just kept on remaining positive and holding forth because I always knew I was really going to survive this and yes, that was really what it was, it wasn’t really more than that and I really thank God.”
Besides, Mr. Damilare,Esq., reacting to the doubt that exists in the minds of many Nigerians as to the actual existence of COVID-19, he noted that:
“ I must say that the COVID virus truly exists for all who are in doubt, particularly in Nigeria where we think it’s a thing of hiking numbers and trying to make things up. It really does exist. I know how I felt when I was told that I had the virus. I knew how my system felt when I was told I tested positive or my result came out positive. When I was tested negative, I can tell you, I felt a lot better.”
“So, this further goes to say that this is a novel situation, it’s something that is new and not known to all and everybody even the Government are really trying what they can do to help the citizens and the response again of the Government, particularly for my case where I am a nobody in the sense of it. I didn’t have to pull a network through or call anyone to get me tested.” He added.
Furthermore, Mr. Damilare explained that:
“ I went online like every other Nigerian to the website to get the number and I called the collection centre and everything went on smoothly and fine. My result was given to me and to my own surprise, I must say that I never knew that the Ministry of Health or NCDC or whoever is in charge can be that responsive because their response was they went to my house, disinfected my house while I was in the centre, disinfected my car, contact tracing every individual that I had come in contact with, some they have tested, some they haven’t tested because they are to be tested… after fourteen days of coming in contact.”
Finally, Mr. Damilare concluded that:
“But I must say the level of care and attention I was given was highly impressive particularly in this Nation where the health sector is deemed to be depleted, to be in a state of chaos and a lot of people have lost doubt in the system but I was really encouraged and impressed and I must say thank you indeed to the health workers. Particularly to those who are in the frontline in the fight against this COVID-19 which is indeed ravaging our society, our community and indeed the world.”
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