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‘I’d thought I was going to die,’ Bauchi gov. speaks on Coronavirus experience

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, while being treated for the Coronavirus said he feared he was going to die, though he had a strong will to live.

The governor was the first governor to test positive for Coronavirus in Nigeria.

The governor  also said  being infected by Coronavirus was a traumatic experience for him.

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Governor Mohammed had tested positive for Coronavirus, on March 24, 2020, but had since recovered and ended his self-isolation after testing negative on Thursday, April 9.

During an interview on Channels TV, on Monday, April 13, Governor Mohammed said he never developed symptoms of the disease throughout his recovery process.

However, he said it was very stressful for him as he was under severe pressure worrying about his fate.

He said, “It is a very traumatic experience for one to know that you are infected by a disease for which there is no vaccine, presumably.

“I thought I was going to die, but certainly I had a very strong will to live.

“I was put on certain medication by my doctor that is antibiotics and malaria drugs.

“I never had any manifestation of the symptoms all the period that I was there (in isolation), but I was under severe suspense that it might come any time.”

Governor Mohammed, 61, lamented that the Federal Government failed to issue a lockdown of Bauchi State to contain the virus as was imposed on Lagos, Ogun, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on March 30.

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Bauchi had only two cases when the initial lockdown was implemented, but he said the Federal Government should have locked down the state too.

“We were excluded for political reasons. I don’t understand. We don’t have the economic capacity to do a lockdown.

“If you don’t give palliatives, there is no how you’ll tell 7 million people of Bauchi (to stay at home).

“It is morally wrong for me to lock down everybody and stop them from going for their daily subsistence when our macro-economic realities is that we go for daily work to eke a living or put food on the table,” he said.

The governor said the state can only afford to do a lot of sensitisation of proper hygiene, and close all points of entry.