Dokpesi’s son recovers from coronavirus, discharged

Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, has recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) and has been discharged from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital isolation centre.

Mr Dokpesi was discharged hours after his father, who is the founder of DAAR Communications, and his two children were discharged after recovering from the disease.

He thanked the hospital’s medical team and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in a message early Friday.

“My sojourn at the Gwagwalada isolation centre was an eye-opening experience which imbued me with confidence in the unabated enthusiasm and commitment of Nigerian public health workers to serve and ensure the welfare of each of their patients,” Dokpesi said.

“It was also an exposé into the practical limitations of the system in ensuring even with best intentions that public health objectives in the face of COVID-19 are achieved and sustained.

“With praise and glory to Almighty God, I started feeling immediate improvement in my wellbeing once the combination of azithromycin, chloroquine and zinc were administered to me by Wednesday, 29th April, 2020. My senses of smell and taste which were lost since the time I arrived at the facility were restored by Friday, 1st May, 2020. All my vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation improved and have consistently shown excellent readings since. The oxygen machine which was brought to my room became redundant.”

Dokpesi alleged that he never saw the documentary evidence of any test performed on him.

“Whilst I can attest to my improvement in physical health and wellbeing, I regret to say that since my initial test to date, I have never seen any documentary evidence of any test result,” he stated.

“I take it in trust and good faith that the NCDC pronounced me COVID-19 positive and that they have now also pronounced me COVID-negative. I will appreciate it if the documentary records of the various tests on me and members of my family are made available for our medical records.”

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