The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has recounted his ordeal with the fatal COVID-19.
Ikpeazu examined sure for the illness 5 weeks in the past and was once handled in Abuja.
Talking in an interview launched on Wednesday, the governor stated his signs have been breathlessness and delicate cough.
Whilst thanking the Nigeria Centre for Illness Keep watch over (NCDC) group, he defined that his struggle with the illness was once no longer a nasty revel in.
He famous that the NCDC group who handled him have been skilled and had a right kind working out of the illness.
“About 5 weeks in the past, I began experiencing fever within the evenings and I had anti-malaria simply in case it was once malaria however I began changing into breathless with delicate cough.
“Sadly, we ran a COVID-19 take a look at nevertheless it got here detrimental however my sickness was once getting worse. We arrived Abuja for additional clinical consideration and I ran some other coronavirus take a look at and it was once sure. To start with, I used to be stunned, however I used to be additionally glad that I knew the explanation in the back of the indications that have been intractable. I thank God we took it from there and the remaining his historical past.
“Naturally, there was once confusion as a result of everybody round me, from my steward, my motive force and prepare dinner needed to go through COVID-19 take a look at
however we treated it.
Ikpeazu, whilst noting that the illness was once no longer a loss of life sentence, preferred conventional rulers, elder statesmen, politicians and pastors who prayed and cared for him.
“ I knew from the onset that COVID-19 was once very critical nevertheless it wasn’t a loss of life sentence. I feel the essential factor is early analysis as a result of whether it is allowed to stay to your gadget for an extended whilst it may be devastating.
He, due to this fact, reiterated the untiring efforts of his executive to comprise the unfold of the COVID-19 illness and thanked clinical body of workers for his or her professionalism regardless of the fatal pandemic.
“We’re going to leverage on what now we have. The purpose is to check one-third of individuals of our inhabitants, and we’re going to use the present templates for immunization, leveraging at the 774 number one well being care now we have throughout Abia and building up trying out.
“We’ve two trying out facilities, one is coming subsequent week, and we expect two others to come back thru FMC and Michael Okpara College. For us to do that, we wish to teach extra other people, extra medical doctors, extra nurses and spend money on face masks, sanitizers and all we wish to improve the ones within the entrance line.
“Past all of those, we should attempt to get the personal medical institution running with NCDC, to accredit personal hospitals which can be prepared and feature capability to improve the remedy as a result of we expect a spike as we building up trying out.
“We need to create a powerful COVID-19 control equipment which is able to contain the normal rulers. We need to include one thing this is appropriate for church buildings, burial and faculties. There is not any want for crowd at this period.”
The Governor, due to this fact, warned that COVID-19 was once actual and everybody should take duty to take on the illness.
“ I simply need to say COVID-19 is actual. Somebody coming with a opposite tale making it to seem like a fantasy or superstition can’t lend a hand our motive at this hour. COVID-19 is actual, and we will get out of it in combination, all of us must take duty.
“Duty in your non-public hygiene, washing of fingers incessantly, working towards social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and staying at house for those who do not need any industry outdoor.
“You need to watch out the place you contact, domesticate the addiction of the use of face masks as it has develop into the brand new commonplace. The sooner we pull in combination to defeat coronavirus, the simpler for us, no executive can do it on my own.”