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“I stayed alone for 26 days in a room” – El Rufai


“I stayed alone for 26 days in a room” – El Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai shared his experience as regards the treatment he got in isolation when he was tested positive, becoming the index case of coronavirus in the state.

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

The former FCT minister was confirmed positive for the virus on the 28th day of March. While receiving treatment , he was secluded for 26 days before he recovered and was discharged, having tested negative twice on April 22nd.

In a dialogue with some radio stations on Tuesday, El-Rufai confessed that chronic headache and fever battled with his life during the week days of isolation. Stating that he was unsure where he might have contacted the deadly virus from. He told newsmen that he saw neither his wives nor his children during those trying times.

“I suffered a lot. I was isolated for 26 days without contact with my wives, children, in fact, nobody except for healthcare providers. I did not see my wives and children, I stayed alone for 26 days in a room, even the person who was assigned to bring food to me was well kited so I don’t infect him and I was always on drugs sometimes twice a day.” the ex-minister said in parts.

However, the governor denied any symptoms of cough and other respiratory difficulties as opposed to the general symptoms of the pandemic.

El Rufai said that he had infected one of his drivers, a staff and a colleague, though he had not infected any member of his household.

“None of my wives and children were infected, my ADC who is also with me was not infected but one of my drivers was infected, this is a disease that is still a mystery and even those you think will be infected may not be,” he said in parts.

“I had a cold before I was tested but I took some drugs and I had already recovered except for the headaches I was having. Even when I took the test, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Blarabe only looked at me and said I looked tired and needed some rest. So she prescribed some drugs and by the next day, I was better except for the headache.” he added.

El-Rufai stated further that, he was in good state of mind for the first two days in isolation till third day when hewas critically feverish.

“After the first week, I got better and started reading online about ine about that had to do with coronavirus, and I almost became an expert. I then used my time for supplications and recited the Qur’an and then later, I started joining the virtual meetings chaired by the deputy governor,” he narrated.

Shortly before he was certified free of the virus, El-Rufai had posted a bearded picture of himself, still in isolation and described his growing beard as “a new COVID-19 look.”

The governor implored the residents of Kaduna State to be calm with the directives given by his regime, promising that the safety of all citizens of the state was his priority showing that he has fully recovered from the ravaging novel virus.

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