Gboyega Akosile, chief press secretary to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos state, on Friday, August 7, narrated how he survived COVID-19.
In a Twitter post, Akosile said he got tested for COVID-19 after treating malaria but did not feel better.
Describing his experience, Akosile said he had “never felt that way before in my entire life”.
Akosile said he began feeling feverish on Wednesday, July 1, and took anti-malaria drugs. But when his health got worse he went with his family to get tested for coronavirus at the Yaba Infectious Diseases Hospital.
He added that his wife and driver also contracted the virus.
“COVID-19 is not a hoax, it’s very real. Use your face mask wash your hands regularly, use sanitizer, and please keep to the social distance protocols,” Akosile said.
Akosile also narrated how his wife’s condition deteriorated while they were receiving treatment at home.
The governor’s aide said she had to be moved to the Onikan isolation centre where she battled the virus for over a month.
He also noted that his driver who is asymptomatic was not ill and showed no signs of COVID-19.
Akosile described how excruciating the pains he felt were, due to the effects of the virus.
“It was excruciating! By the time we got home, my eyes had turned red, with the retinal looking the other way.
“I took some shots that evening, repeated them on Saturday morning and evening. I went again on Sunday morning but there was no remarkable improvement.
“By Sunday evening, our COVID-19 test results were sent to me via email. My worst fear stared at me in the face; we all tested positive for Coronavirus – my wife, driver, and I.
“I immediately called my driver to inform him. Clearly he was asymptomatic because as at that time and up till the time of writing this piece, he had no symptoms. I insisted that he should self-isolate at home for 14 days and not go about infecting other people.
“Case management started and in two days, I had lost my sense of smell, taste, and every symptom that comes with COVID-19 had fully manifested in me.”
Akosile lauded the efforts of the Lagos State Government and the COVID-19 medical team for ensuring the pandemic is under control in the metropolis.
“Thanks to the Lagos State Government, the Ministry of Health, the health workers; doctors, nurses, and drivers, among others who ensured that my wife, like all the other patients that were brought in under very terrible conditions, returned home with joy.
“Without sounding immodest, Lagos State Government is a model State on the COVID-19 response in Africa. Special thanks to Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who built excess capacity in readiness for the pandemic. This has helped the State to manage the effects of the pandemic since it broke out.”