Uche Edochie, the son of Nollywood actor Pete Edochie, narrates his experience with deadly COVID-19, which is also known as Coronavirus.
According to Uche, curing COVID-19 is expensive while disclosing he paid N350,000 daily for the 12 days he spent where he was treated before being transferred to First Cardiology Centre in Ikoyi for his lung and heart rehabilitation.
Writing on his Instagram page, he narrated he was on oxygen for weeks, couldn’t walk, and had severe chest pains.
“Me in recovery at the covid 19 isolation treatment facility in Gbagada around twelve days ago. My older brother @leoedochie paid me a visit. Best big brother ever. So Covid finally got me and it is quite some story.”
“When I fell sick weeks ago, I thought I had malaria. So I spent the first couple of weeks treating for malaria. By the time I realised this could be something else, it was too late. By the time I was rushed to the hospital, eighty percent of my lungs were damaged. I couldn’t eat or breathe and I was on oxygen for weeks. I couldn’t walk either and had severe chest pains. I kept blacking out. It felt like I was dying and waking up over and over again. I have never seen anything like this.”
“For the first time in my life, I had no control over anything. I felt like I was on a boat drifting away in the still of the night rudderless. The days that followed passed bye slowly and everything was a blur. I just remember laying in the hospital and floating endlessly like a feather in an abyss of nothing. The days turned to weeks and my recovery is going well. I am fully cured of covid now and I am able to walk a little. My lungs will take months to heal completely. So I am still on oxygen and other medications but I am back home.”
“Curing covid costs a fortune too and that is a problem. That is often why people die. The facility where I was treated charges N350,000 a day. I was there for twelve days before being moved to First Cardiology Centre in Ikoyi for my lung and heart rehabilitation. Total cost of my treatment so far has exceeded six million naira. I know a guy whose covid treatment cost seventeen million naira.”
“Governments must invest in affordable treatment or more and more people will die. Affordable treatment is our last line of defense. We have tried lock downs, masks and vaccines and covid is still spreading. Even the vaccinated are still catching covid.”
“And that was my covid experience. My family has been incredibly supportive and so have the healthcare workers that took care of me. In all these people, I saw the face of God. I will never forget.”