Skip to main content

Nigeria COVID-19 survivor: 'An experience i do not wish on anyone'



For Oluwaseun Osowobi, the symptoms began shortly after she returned from a visit to London.

The 29-year-old Nigerian activist was within the uk capital to attend on March 9 the legal holiday Service, where she was the official flag bearer.


But after arriving in Nigeria's commercial capital, Lagos, she fell ill and decided to induce tested for COVID-19, the highly infectious disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The test came back positive and Osowobi was taken to a specialised facility to receive treatment. She remained at an isolation ward until last week, when she was discharged following her recovery from COVID-19.

Osowobi, who runs the Stand to finish Rape Initiative, a gaggle advocating against sexual violence, spoke to Al Jazeera about contracting the new coronavirus, her experience at the isolation centre and what she plans to try and do now. The interview below has slightly been edited for brevity and clarity.

Osowobi: It feels great to possess survived COVID-19. If you see the info of individuals who have passed on to the great beyond because of the virus, they're alarming. I'm really grateful to be alive but also grateful for the experience as i'm able to share with those that COVID-19 isn't a hoax like many folks may believe Nigeria.


Osowobi: I had high fever, was coughing heavily and had loss of appetite. I had plenty of symptoms on the COVID-19 list so I knew I had to induce tested just to take care of what matters was because i used to be feeling really sick and wasn't improving.

The virus kicked my system. It made me very weak. i used to be dizzy every second, i used to be throwing up. I lost my sense of taste but my sense of smell heightened so I could smell everything like water, food, even soaps. Everything was just disgusting to me. it absolutely was a really tough period, a really tough moment on behalf of me but i'm happy I beat it.

It was an experience i do not wish anyone to possess.

Al Jazeera: What was running through your mind after you discovered that your test was positive?

Osowobi: the primary thing that came to my mind was, "Am I visiting die?" I feared that am I visiting be one among the people to be counted as dead. i used to be asking myself, "Is Nigeria able to handle matters? Is Lagos state capable to handle the situation as of now?"

I was just very scared.

Al Jazeera: What was the experience with the doctors and nurses at the treatment centre?

Osowobi: it absolutely was good. Despite a really shaky start, we were able to build a relationship as things glided by. i used to be also able to see what quantity they were trying their best to produce top-notch service to everyone at the centre, including myself. I had one doctor's number, so i might text him to inform him of my symptoms or call him if i used to be feeling a specific way.

When I was still vomiting, i might text him to mention, "Help me, i do not want to die." a number of the nurses would are available in and encourage me, say a word of prayer with me.

Al Jazeera: What quite treatment were you given?

Osowobi: i used to be given a pair of medicines to handle COVID-19 and also to handle the side effects of the medications. There was even a time the medication for my vomiting wasn't working, so I had to incline injections to suppress the need to vomit. I had to form a conscious decision to not vomit because I needed to retain the medication inside my system. But the virus was throwing everything out. it absolutely was a battle I won at the top.

Al Jazeera: When did the items change?

Osowobi: I re-examined my survival chances after I started improving by the day. The vomiting had stopped, the stooling had stopped, the dizziness was gradually getting less effective - so it absolutely was a sign i used to be getting well. i used to be really excited. It renewed my hope of surviving this. They were checking my temperature within the morning, afternoon and at the hours of darkness - and it absolutely was improving. My pressure was improving. My pulse was improving. I got my sense of taste back. So, i started to re-evaluate my chances of survival that yes, I could beat this.

Oluwaseun Osowobi coronavirus Nigeria survivor
Al Jazeera: What message does one want to send to folks that haven't yet contracted the virus?

Osowobi: Please wash your hands, sanitise and, importantly, self-isolate.

I can tell you from a first-account experience that you simply should self-isolate; just lodge in home the maximum amount as possible, practice social distancing in order that you're not infecting people must you have the virus and not even are aware of it.

All the social gatherings don't seem to be really important. What's important is your health and your body's capacity to fight any infection or virus. For your body to fight the virus, you furthermore may must equip it with the correct diet and also the right medication.

Al Jazeera: What does one shall do with the experience gained following your recovery?

Osowobi: I hope to stay advocating for the top of stigmatisation because I've realised there's still a form of stigma attached to the difficulty.

So I hope to use my platform to assist to demystify myths around COVID-19 and people who test positive in order that we are able to collectively as a world space support those that are fighting to measure.

Comments

Popular Posts

Kiddwaya reveals why he picked Erica over other girls in BBNaija house(Watch Video)

Kiddwaya and Erica are in Sierra Leone for a three days tour as they visited housemates in a Sierra Leone reality TV Show. During a conversation with Salone housemates in Sierra Leone, Kiddwaya was asked why he choose with Erica more than other housemates in Big Brother’s house. READ ALSO:  Nigerian Man vows not to eat until he sees Nigeria gets better For Good In his response, He said that he loves her because of her confidence, especially when she wears her clothes, It also stated that Erica dresses with so much confidence, no matter what she wears. Erica interrupting his speech however, said it is not about the dress but the person wearing the dress. WATCH VIDEO BELOW Kiddwaya reveals why he picked Erica over other girls in BBNaija house #BBN #BBNaija #KiddricaXHousematesSalone #BBNaijia #Trending #Erica pic.twitter.com/mSrnwvVPTV — elizabeth blog (@elizabethblogng) November 30, 2020 SHARE:

Kiddwaya Spotted Kissing Erica , days after she called him rude (Watch Video)

Erica and Kiddwaya are back with the PDA and romance on social media as they were seen Kissing. READ ALSO:  Rihanna Officially dating A$AP Rocky after months of romance rumors This came days, after Erica told Kiddwaya he was rude on National Tv, after he interrupted a question she was asked by a housemate in Sierra Leone. READ ALSO:  Gunmen Abduct A Lady On Her Way To Church in Port Harcourt, Nigeria In the new viral video that was shared on Social Media, Kiddwaya was seen kissing Erica as they go on a jet skit in Sierra Leone. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kidd💘Erica show (@kiddericashow) SHARE:

A real Ghost Caught on Camera in an Abandoned Hospital

A Ghost was seen to have appeared in an Abandoned mental hospital as Urban Explorers sight this on Camera. According to the two explorers, Jamie Osborne and Michael Cosgrove stated that they both went to Rosslynlee Hospital which was abandoned in Scotland near Roslin in Midlothian as they went to explore. READ ALSO:  A Man arrested and Jailed for 21 months after throwing eggs at police station Rooms inside the eerie derelict mental health facility had remained untouched for over a decade when it closed its doors. They had been taking it in turns to pose in a wheelchair that had been left in one of the hospital's rooms when they checked one image which appeared to capture a woman wearing a white gown "reaching over" Michael. READ ALSO:  Teacher In Trouble after Flogging a Student to death Over a Mathematics Question Jamie, from Edinburgh, described how the "air turned cold" when they entered the spooky facility and that they could see their breat

Nigerian barbie doll, Bobrisky Shows Off the N15 million Cash His Lover Gave Him After They Spent A Night Together (Watch Video)

Nigerian Barbie doll, Bobrisky shows off the 15million naira cash he got from his lover, says he doesn’t go out but that when he does, he makes millions. According to Bobrisky, he said “I told you I don’t date broke boys naaaa, Niyi is fucking loaded.” “My bank am bringing dis money to you guys, una go count money today tire, 15 million cash”. Bobrisky on a different post, revealed that his lover credited him N3 million Naira to share to his grandma, motherless baby homes and for his hair, says he wants to faint. On his Snapchat, he also wrote; “I got another 3million credit alert dis morning from Niyi, he said I should give my grandma ! miilion, I should give 1million to motherless baby homes, lastly 1 million for my hair, I want to faint can someone hold me pls”. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW Bobrisky is winning 🕺🏾 😅 pic.twitter.com/EfDd3u8UEC — E-zrael Ani (@EzraelAni) December 2, 2020

Wizard returning from coven mistakenly lands on roof top in Delta state (Watch video)

According to the reports, A young man has been allegedly accused of being a wizard as he Crashed on a Roof top Building at the Okpokpor street in Okpara-Inland in Ethiope-East local government area of Delta State in the afternoon on Saturday November 28. READ MORE:  Child rapist Fainted after being lashed 146 times with cane in Indonesia The man who was holding a hundred naira note in his hand, was identified as Omamuyovwi. He is said to be a commercial motor cycle operator who is well known in the community and married with two kids. It was also gathered that he was beaten with plantain Leaves and also almost set ablazed by was saved by the community Vigilante. READ ALSO:  "Call me evil names, idolator, juju worshipper, God is the final judge of all our actions" - Nigerian man says publicly as he denounced Christianity Eyewitnesses disclosed that Omamuyovwi was taken to his family compound at Igberhe street by the vigilante, where he reportedly confessed t

Nigerians reacts as a White man Joins the Nigeria Police Force

A Picture that went viral shows a White man who recently Joined the Nigerian Police Force. The man was seen with his kids as he poses with another female cop. READ ALSO:  145 new cases of Coronavirus Recorded in Nigeria today SEE TWITTER REACTIONS BELOW SHARE:

Bobrisky shows off himself as he Twerks in New video (Watch video)

Nigerian Barbie doll, Bobrisky shares a new video as he flaunts himslef on instagram showing off his twerking skills. READ ALSO:  Nigerian Man vows not to eat until he sees Nigeria gets better For Good WATCH VIDEO BELOW View this post on Instagram A post shared by okuneye idris Olanrewaju (@bobrisky222) SHARE: