COVID-19 is Deceptive, Don’t Self-Medicate—Akande-Sadipe Warns

January 25, 2021
Akande-Sadipe first appearance

By Dipo Olowookere

Nigerians have been warned not to handle COVID-19 with levity, especially amid the family unit and members of the same household.

This advice was given by a member of the House of Representatives from Oyo State, Mrs Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, who in December 2020 tested positive for the virus.

Last Wednesday, after her test returned negative, the lawmaker made her first public appearance and used the opportunity to share her experience with the contagion.

While addressing members of her constituency, the politician said she was able to survive the virus with the grace of God, advising residents of the area to adhere strictly to the safety protocols of the government.

She warned that the deadly coronavirus should not be treated like every other ailment because it can be deceptive, noting that self-medication should be ruled out.

The lawmaker advised that when fever or cough is prolonged, or when a respiratory discomfort is accompanied by joint aches, loss of smell or taste, irritation, body pains, and palpitations, one should immediately isolate, test and seek medical attention because COVID-19 can be deceptive as a result of its similarities with malaria symptoms.

“COVID-19 is real. During the experience, each passing day was a gift. With God first, proper medication and management, I overcame.

“I would advise members of my constituency and Nigerians to observe social distancing religiously and wear face masks appropriately until further notice. This is not the time for socialising,” Mrs Akande-Sadipe, who said she was very careful before the ordeal, disclosed.

The politician said when she noticed the symptoms of the virus in early December, she immediately had a test that confirmed the positive status and then went for treatment.

“[But now], I feel great, I thank God for life and my recovery and I am happy to be here today at this Oyo Central Senatorial District meeting, being my first home outing since the battle with the deadly virus,” she said.

Before leaving the meeting, Mrs Akande-Sadipe tearfully reunited with her ward chairmen, women leaders, youth leaders and several followers.

The House of Representatives Chairman on Diaspora Affairs expressed gratitude to her family members, political allies and colleagues at the House of Representatives, who stood by her in prayer during the ordeal.

She promised members of her constituency continued good representation and enhanced projects that will put Oluyole federal constituency on the front burner of developmental initiatives.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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