Akeredolu tests positive for COVID-19, recounts experience
Kekemeke advocates disclosure of treatment regime
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has identified himself as one of the 32 people that tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 276.
Akeredolu, who had earlier raised an alarm over the state of emergency and community spread of the pandemic in his last media briefing, confirmed the incident on his twitter page yesterday.
He said: “Earlier today, I got confirmation of a positive result for COVID-19. I am asymptomatic and not displaying any symptoms.
“I am currently self-isolating and supervised home management will be administered by the wonderful team at our Infectious Disease Hospital. I urge that we all stay safe and be well.”
Meantime, a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Isaac Kekemeke, has urged the Federal Government and all relevant agencies to make public the medical prescription being used for COVID-19 treatment.
According to him, if the medical consumables used in treating COVID-19 patients are made public, it would be possible for the citizens to treat themselves whenever they experience any of the symptoms.
Kekemeke, who emphasised that such move would reduce the death rate being currently recorded in the country, said: “I have always been an advocate of the fact that our citizens should abide by Federal Government, NCDC, Presidential Task Force (PTF) and state governments protocols.
“But it does appear that there’s competition between our health needs and stomach needs. So, our people who are on subsistence level, who live on daily income are forced to go out to work.
“I think our governments: the Federal Government, Presidential Task Force, state governments and all those involved have to become creative in this fight against COVID-19. We can no longer rely on international standards alone.”
The APC chieftain, therefore, urged the Federal Government, NCDC, PTF and state governments to democratise the regime of treatment, saying: “To make public the regime of treatment in all the isolation centres so that our people can self-treat.
“This is because we live in a country of stigmas. People are reluctant to come out and say they have COVID-19. But if people know the treatment regime, they can self-treat.
“Although I know self-medication has its own dangers, but I know it would save more lives than we are currently doing.”