“I wanted to be silent about this.
But since it’s already on Radio and TV stations, ..and the concerns about my health by many who have reached out,
…it has become imperative for me to tell my COVID-19 mileu.
Here’s the story…
A former Ambassador came to our hospital.
He had COVID-19.
Unknown to us all.
While evaluating him, he was asked,
“How can we help you sir?”
“I’ve been having fever and general body weakness.”
“For how long now?”
“For some weeks now.?
“Do you have cough, breathlessness or palpitations?”
The former Ambassador replied
“No”, I don’t have any of that.”
Many other medical questions were asked and documented.
“Did you travel recently?”
He was further evaluated, examined and admitted into a private room upstairs on Friday evening.
He had contact with two doctors (my boss and I), three nurses and one non-medical staff.
It was unknown to us that he had travelled to Germany, the US before returning to Kano.
Via Abuja travelling by road.
While travelling by road he stayed in briefly Kaduna before arriving Kano on the 25th March, 2020.
He lied about all these travel history to us.
He also lied about the pertinent Coronavirus symptoms, breathlessness and cough.
He also hid the fact that he had been to several medical outlet since his return to the state.
And importantly, he hid the fact that that his samples were taken by NCDC for COVID-19 testing.
Ofcourse he denied and lied about all the above in order for him to have our medical care.
Putting us all and many others at high risk of the novel pandemic.
We also learnt that during his sickness before coming to us, he was attending Friday Mosque prayers, naming ceremonies and other gatherings.
While on admission in our facility, the next day being a Saturday, we had a Nollywood massive entrance by health officials and massive Police presence.
The major road our hospital was was blocked and made a Security Restricted area.
The officials told us that we had a man in our facility that just tested positive for COVID-19.
Luckily, my boss, a reknown Neurosurgeon, who was still in theatre while rounding up a delicate Spinal Cord Pedicle Screw Fixation+Laminectomy had to be told.
And met the officials.
There was an order from the Governor of the state to lock down the hospital immediately.
The former Ambassador was whisked away to an quarantine centre outskirt of the state.
We were placed on isolation too in our hospital facility.
Samples were taken from our staff for covid-19 testing.
For many days, we could not physically reach our families or anyone.
Isolated up in the hospital.
The waiting began.
Days rolled by.
All thoughts crept in.
At some point, my boss and I told ourselves that if it’s either positive or negative, we will beat the disease.
Infact we told ourselves that “eventhough its death, we will be dying while in service to humanity.”
When the days rolled by, we began to have some peace.
IInfact we were playing Fela Anipolakuti’s music loudly.
For many days.
Then the tension began.
The result of our COVID-19 will be released in a few more days.
The music volume daily increases.
Phones call and prayers from family and friends.
At last the result came out yesterday afternoon.
And it was NEGATIVE for all is us.