‘I Was Nervous, Anxious,’ Atiku’s Son Shares Experience Battling #COVID-19

A son of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), Mohammed, has shared his experience battling with the virus.

Mohammed, who spoke in a video made at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital where he is being treated, said he was initially nervous and had a high level of anxiety coupled with being the first recorded case in Abuja.

He, however, expressed optimism that he would be discharged soon.

In a video his father shared on Thursday via Twitter, Atiku’s son said, On the 20th of March, I tested positive for COVID-19 and later that night I was brought to the isolation centre at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital in Gwagwalada. I’ve been here for about twelve days and I hope to be out soon. Perhaps when my next test is taken and the results are favourable, I will be on my way out, hopefully.

I decided to make this video so I can speak about my experience and I hope it will be of value to people out there, Nigerians in particular.

In the first few days when I came here, I was asymptomatic but I was nervous. I had a high level of anxiety and a little bit of trauma, it was a fairly difficult few days especially being the index case in Abuja. I think that was the main challenge.

But day by day, I grew stronger thanks to prayers and support I got from a vast array of Nigerians, many people I don’t even know but of course my family and friends, associate have been supporting.

Mohammed also urged Nigerians to avoid fake news which he said compounds health issues of people, especially those that are vulnerable.

He said, But one thing I will like to speak to Nigerians on my experience is about fake news. Fake news is very bad. It compounds your problems if you are in a vulnerable situation.

Perhaps coming from a politically exposed family, I didn’t really feel that pain as much but for people who are more vulnerable. It could really affect their health and their immune system as well.

So let me urge people out there to be very circumspect with how they treat information. Let them be careful about spreading information that is false. These things aggravate health conditions.

He appreciated the health workers on the frontline and government authorities for doing their best and advised Nigerians to come together to fight coronavirus regardless of their social, religious or political differences

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