I got coronavirus because I thought NCDC was lying about infection cases - Nigerian lawyer shares emotional story
- Damilare Ojo, an Abuja-based lawyer, has said that a heart of positivity was partly the reason why he survived Covid-19
- The lawyer said that he contracted the virus when he let his guard down after just seeing numbers without any known patients
- At the isolation centre, he hooked onto his church service, got his spirit up with Nathaniel Bassey's worship songs
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An Abuja-based lawyer, Damilare Ojo, has narrated his coronavirus experience and how he got infected. He said following the rise in Covid-19 cases, he became more conscious of his environment.
However, when lockdown became extended by another two weeks, the lawyer added that he lost belief in the numbers put out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), The Nation reports.
Damilare said that his lack of belief in the disease was partly caused by the fact that he did not know anyone who had been affected.
With that disbelief, he began easing his movement restrictions and going out more without putting on face masks. That, he said, was the big mistake he made.
Days after on Saturday, May 9, he noticed a rise in his temperature accompanied by fever, making his night very unbearable.
Though a malaria test he took came out negative, he was placed on an anti-malaria drug which made him feel somewhat better after he completed the dosage.
A collage of the lawyer. Photo source: Instagram/Damilare Ojo
When his fever eased, his general health never got any better. After he was admitted at a Covid-19 isolation centre, he said he maintained a positive spirit all through as he engaged in Nathaniel Bassey’s Hallelujah Challenge and the online services of the Redeemed Christian Church of God
Five days after a test was carried on him and others, his result came back negative. He said he barely spent seven days at the centre. The lawyer also said that his friend and neighbours received him without stigmatization.
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Damilare also commended the government's response to the pandemic. He said that having a supportive family and friends system, and maintaining a positive mind helped him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian man with the Twitter name Oluwatimilehin narrated his experience as a coronavirus survivor.
He said coronavirus is indeed big as he appealed to the general public not to take it lightly, asking them to abide by all the protective measures.
Oluwatimilehin said that though he was asymptomatic all through, not many who were admitted were lucky.
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, another survivor, shared a powerful message on the disease in a short video by the NCDC.
In the short clip, the Covid-19 survivor told people that being negative does not give them the right to stigmatise those that are positive for the virus.
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