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Early treatment of COVID-19 saved me – Edo Speaker

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… Resumes work after turning negative

 SPEAKER of the Edo State House of Assembly,  Frank Okiye, Tuesday, officially resumed work after his recovery from COVID-19.

  The Speaker, who  was among the seven patients that fully recovered after testing negative twice for the virus urged residents of the state to take the opportunity provided by the state government for screening and testing to check the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  He however expressed gratitude to the Godwin Obaseki-led government and the state’s medical team, noting, “The virus is not a death sentence. I thank the Godwin Obaseki-led government, the medical team and members of my family and others who prayed for me.

 “It is common knowledge that the virus has no cure or vaccine. It is not a death sentence. People should take the directives of the government and health experts on social distancing and other instructions seriously.”

  “What saved the day for me was early treatment. The test was carried out after I became symptomatic. It is better to know your status early enough.”

“People should be cautious. We should comply with the directives of the state government to check the spread of the virus. I went into self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom.

Suspecting that I was exposed, I needed to save my family, so I contacted the Commissioner for Health who came with a team of medical professionals to inspect the place set up for my self-isolation.

  “It was after I tested positive for coronavirus that I became a bit destabilised. After a while and with continuous interaction with people, I started overcoming the virus with local herbs and medication.

I was placed on drugs to deal with the symptoms. Few days later, I started feeling better. Mine was with mild symptoms. I was not hit hard by the virus.” He narrated.

  Frank Okiye was treated with support from the state government. Some of the survivors were treated at the state’s isolation centres.

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