The journalist who admitted he owed his survival to the prompt attention by medical personnel at the facility provided at the state-owned Stella Obasanjo Specialist Hospital in Benin, explained that like many others who see the disease as a joke, he never knew he was down with the virus until he decided to take the test after a prolonged headache and running of temperature.
According to him, “the virus is real as warned severally by the PTF. Even with their repeated advice, I didn’t take them seriously just like many Nigerians. I was actually sick, very sick for days, and I went to my doctor who carried out tests and I was diagnosed with typhoid and malaria. Because of the seriousness, I was admitted for a night and I took over several injections within a space of less than 48 hours. However, the ailment persisted even with the treatment, including drips. It was then I took the decision to go for COVID-19 test”.
Ochoga further explained that “Upon my explanation to the doctor the symptoms I was having, he gave me some drugs after the test. Behold, the first time I took the drugs given to me at the center, I actually regained myself. In essence, what I am saying is that the disease is not a death sentence; it is good you know your status once you have the symptoms so that you can be treated quickly”.