The government of Akwa Ibom State discharged three patients who survived from COVID-19 at Ibom Specialist Hospital Uyo on Sunday.
Remember the state government sent three COVID-19 patients home over a week ago whose tests proved negative.
However, one of the COVID-19 survivors, Dr. Otobong Asuquo, who contracted the virus during a medical survey in Uyo, revealed his intensity to resume work but must ensure that protective gears are used constantly.
Two of the three survivors discharged greeted members with a common message saying, “COVID-19 is real. Please follow and protect all the precautions you have given.
Having read about COVID-19 before becoming ill, Asuquo said, recounting his experience, he was able to isolate himself for ten days before being picked up by the State government’s emergency response team.
“I go back to work. I vowed to protect life and nothing could deter me from doing so. But I got to be very strict with personal protection this time around.
“The moment I suspected I was in contact with Coronavirus, I had to protect my family members first of all by going into self-isolation for 10 days before I was taken. If you’re negative protect yourself. COVID-19,’ he said, is real.
Another survivor discharged, Ememobong Gabriel Udoh, a pharmacist who said that his symptoms began with the loss of sense of smell, said that he initially adopted home remedies such as steam inhalation and vitamin C to build up immunity.
The pharmacist, who was also a victim of the medical outreach, said he got the initial courage from friends and family, and later from the soothing treatment that Ibom specialist hospital facilities and medical staff enjoyed.
His words “It was quite a rough and scary experience initially, but I got courage from friends and family. Ibom Specialist Hospital also did a great job. The treatment has been top-notch. It encouraged both physical and psychological recovery.”
According to Udoh, however, recounted a panicking experience when he was tested negative, and after some weeks of treatment, was tested positive again on a confirmatory test.
“I got quite down when I got tested negative and later tested positive again,” he said.
In a reaction, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Dominic Ukpong, said the state government was doing everything within its power to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state, as well as give those who have been tested positive the best attention for quick recovery.
He announced that out of the 31 samples sent out, 30 returned negative while one turned out positive. ” in addition to this, we have just discharged three persons who have been successfully treated,” he added.