How I Tested Positive To COVID 19 Anambra State House Of Rep Member Narrate
In his words, My people COVID 19 is real, please adhere to COVID 19 protocols, stay safe, and taking time to narrate my story even when I’m not yet strong enough
Am writing this for my people to know that COVID 19 is real and is ravaging our society, so is important any fever, any headache, any form of cough and catarrh should NOT be taking with a pinch of salt at this time. If you have any of these symptoms, please kindly go for COVID 19 test, treat COVID 19 first, yes start treating COVID 19 test because any little delay can be fatal.
As shared On Facebook Platform this morning by Hon Ejike Okechukwu: Member Anambra State House of Assembly representing Anaocha 2 Constituency
AfriNOTES wish him a quick recovering. PLEASE Stay Save for your loved ones and family COVID 19 is real
Read In Full, Hon Ejike Okechukwus Story Below
My closest shave with death!. It was on 4th February, in preparation for a trip I was supposed to embark on Sunday, 7th, So I decided to visit a mechanic workshop to change oil and brake pads.
After spending hours at the workshop, I left for a car wash. It took another two hours to get my car thoroughly washed.
While at the car wash, my wife visited. We stayed for some minutes and I asked her to go because it was getting late. At that point, I was having some feverish feelings. Yes… The normal fever stuff.
I murmured to myself, ‘why this fever now’? As I’m planning to embark on a journey in about two days. After my wife had left, my car completely washed, I set out to go back to the village since I have been operating from there since Christmas.
On entering my car to leave, I bumped into my good friends, the Ahanekus, they were on their way back from work. We had a light evening out and I dropped them off at Aroma junction. Remember, all this while, I was still having the febrile feeling, I even told my friends that I was having a fever… Ordinary fever!
As I dropped my friends, I entered Peez pharmacy and bought a pack of my usual malaria drugs, Coatem 80/480, and a card of panadol.
Fast forward… I took my malaria drugs till Saturday afternoon, at this time, the fever had greatly subsided, but I have started coughing small. Yeah, you heard me right… Ordinary cough.
By Saturday evening, I placed a phone call, the phone call that eventually saved my life, the phone call that made it possible for me to be typing this message now, the phone call that kept me alive.
I called Dr. Vincent Okpala, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Anambra State and narrated my ordeals with him. He was surprised because he knew that I was an advocate of good medical practice.
There and then, he forwarded a list of about 6 Covid-19 drugs for me to buy. He insisted that I must get all the drugs that Saturday evening and started taking them the same evening.
It did not take me much time to get the drugs and start taking them the same day. By Sunday, the cough persisted, though, without any complications.
The Hon. Commissioner continued calling to check on me. Monday morning, I was already becoming weak, my breathing became a little irregular. I informed my commissioner who advised that I should look for a place to check my oxygen saturation level.
Since I was still in the village, I was left with no other option than to relocate back to Awka. I got to Awka, visited a hospital where they noticed that my oxygen saturation was hovering between 92 to 96 percent.
I reported back to the Hon. Commissioner and he advised that I should monitor it more across the night.
Tuesday morning, I woke up, checked my oxygen saturation, low and behold, it was 91 percent. I kept checking it constantly. By noon, I woke up from a nap only to realize that my oxygen saturation had further dropped to 89 percent.
I reported to the Commissioner who asked me to immediately come to his office. At this time, something strange began to happen. An inexplicable fear engulfed my entire body. Yes, fear! The type of fear that I couldn’t even trace the source.
I began to imagine myself in a casket, I imagined my body being lowered to the mother earth. A lot of nasty thinking. My wife broke down. My friends were heartbroken. No amount of preaching could lift my spirit.
I was convinced that I had less than 48 hours to live. A lot of counsellings, phone calls, etc all fall on a deaf ear. I saw myself dressed in a KSJI robe and well stretched in a beautifully decorated casket.
I called my wife and started advising her on how to take care of the kids after I have gone.
Back to the Hon. Commissioner’s office, he took time to monitor my oxygen saturation for more than 30 minutes and found out that I may not make it across the night without urgent support.
He advised I be moved to any of the protective care centers or any private hospital of my choice. For proximity, we settled for Apex Hospital close to the Secretariat. On getting to the hospital, one very young doctor, Dr. Ebuka Umeh took over my case.
He fixed me with oxygen support immediately. Dr. Ebuka cured the majority of my fear problems unknowingly. One Mrs. Jennifer that worked with the Hon. Commissioner was able to remove my fear by 20 percent, Dr. Ebuka removed another 60 percent, and thought of living gradually came back to me.
Friends, I was in oxygen support from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, Wednesday morning to Wednesday evening, Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, Thursday morning to Thursday evening, Thursday evening to Friday morning. Yes, Ogbuefinukoefi was in life support all this while.
By Wednesday evening, the result of the Covid-19 test for which they collected my samples on Tuesday was out and it was POSITIVE! I tested positive for Covid-19! This is no joke.
I had my first Covid-19 test on Tuesday 19th January, alongside my colleagues in the office and my result was NEGATIVE. 3 weeks after, I tested POSITIVE. Just within 3 weeks.
My good friends, I took this time to narrate my story, even when I’m not yet strong enough, for you people to know that Covid-19 is real and it’s ravaging our society.
It’s important to note that any fever, any headache, any cough, and any catarrh should NOT be taken with a pinch of salt at this time. If you have any of these symptoms, kindly treat Covid-19 first. Yes, go for Covid-19 treatment first. Any little delay can be fatal.
I am alive today because God wants me to be alive. I thank in no small measures, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Anambra State, Dr. Vincent Okpala, this man is a dogged fighter. He never accepts defeat.
The young Dr. Ebuka Umeh, working with Apex hospital is another genius in the making. This young man, ever ready to learn, will go places. Finally, to my beautiful wife, my wonderful kids, the kids that sent their prayers from Abuja, my good friends, and relations, all your prayers will never be in vaịn.
Covid-19 is real and here with us, killing our people every day under various names. Please let’s be very careful.