By Omolade Adegbuyi
In a chilling narrative full of thrills and unusual hope, a survivor of COVID-19 Mrs Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi has given a vivid account of how he wrestled the deadly viral infection.
Osowobi represented Nigeria at the recent Commonwealth event held in London. She earlier turned Positive to CONVID-19 on her return to Nigeria and admitted by the Lagos Government. Last week, she become one of the living testimonies. COVID-19 has killed no fewer than 60,000 globally and the number of deaths is increasing. In Nigeria, close to 300 positive cases have been identified out of which about three have died.
Osowobi spoke on how she successfully beat the virus following her treatment at Mainland hospital Yaba in Lagos. Irohinoodua monitored her account this morning during the Your View programme anchored by Morayo Afolabi
She said the symptoms began shortly after she returned from a trip to London. Osowobi was in London to attend the March 9 Commonwealth Day Service, where she was the official flag bearer for Nigeria but after arriving her fatherland, she fell ill and decided to get tested for COVID 19.
The test came back positive and she was taken to specialised facility for treatment. She remained in isolation ward until last week when she was discharged following her full recovery.
Osowobi, who runs the Stand To End Rape Initiative,a group advocating against sexual violence ,spoke on TVC program Your View which was monitored by Irohinoodua about her experience at the isolation center and what she plans to do.
According to her she felt great to have survive the virus. “If you see the data of people that have passed away due to the virus,they are alarming. I am really grateful to be alive and also grateful for the experience as I am able to share with people that COVID 19 is not a death sentence as some people may believe.
When asked about symptoms before going for the test, she narrated that she had fever,was coughing heavily and had loss of appetite plus a lot of symptoms on COVID 19 list so she had to get tested to be sure. “The virus kick my system ,it made very weak ,I was dizzy ,throwing up and also lost my sense of taste. Everything was just disgusting to me”, she said adding that It was an experience “I don’t wish for any one”
On her encounter with the Doctors, she said she was given some medicine plus the side effect of the treatment. She said she made conscious efforts not to vomit.because her body needed to retain the medicine if she must get well.
“They were checking my vital signs in the morning ,afternoon and night to see if am improving and little by little it was getting better. The blood pressure and also the pulse became normal then I began to re evaluate my survival that, yes I can survive this.”
She also talked about stigma and promised to keep advocating for its end.