They say I'm still COVID-19 positive - idoko-Okpe, Benue 'index case'

By Editor on 22/05/2020

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Despite spending a whole two months in isolation and without going down, 58-year-old Nigerian-British, Susan Idoko-Okpe, described as the Benue State COVID-19 “Index Case,” medical authorities are still claiming that she is not free of the virus yet.

Idoko-Okpe spent a total of 58 days in an isolation centre in Abuja protesting her status as a COVID-19 virus carrier and refused to take any medication, which led to a back and forth confrontation with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Contron (NCDC), which insisted that she was positive.

Following loud outcry by Idoko-Okpe, who arrived in Nigeria from the United Kingdom on March 22, in which she was joined by many Nigerians that she was healthy, she was eventually released from confinement on Wednesday

However, in a telephone conversation with a UK-based Nigerian vlogger, Olajumoke Ariyo, Idoko-Okpe, stated that the medical personnel informed her that she was still carrying the virus, but was being released, because she met the World Health Organisation (WHOs) conditions to return to the rest of the society.

In a fresh video, Okpe preceding the one where she promised to give full details, she said: “Hello family and friends, as you can see I’m on my way out of the hospital. I have just been given the test that I am still positive but I can go that I have met the WHO requirement.

“I just did this live video to say I am walking out of my detention and forceful incarceration.

“That is what is happening right now.  Thank you all for your support.

“For security reason, I won’t give details of where I am going right now, but I am out of here. So thank you all my fans and supporters. I am packing my bags and baggage to be on the safe side.

“I will be live tomorrow to tell you further on what has happened to me. Right now, I am out of my detention centre.”

She added, “They (nurses) said I was still positive. I said, ‘Okay, give it (the result) to me.’ I wanted to leave, so I called the CMD. I put the CMD on the line with the nurses. The CMD said, ‘Yes, you have satisfied the WHO (guidelines). You have never been a prisoner. You are free to go home.’

“I said, ‘Thank you very much sir.’ He said, ‘Even though you are sick, you were asymptotic.’ I said, ‘Sir, point of correction, I don’t have any symptoms.’ He said, ‘Yes, I’m just using medical terms.’ I asked, ‘Can I go?’

“I put him on speaker and said, ‘Sir, by the way, you are on speaker.’ The nurses there were listening. So, I packed my things, my friend came and I left in her car. I’m in her house right now.”

Idoko-Okpe, however, refused to disclose her location to anyone, saying she was happy to be alive.





Posted on May, 22 2020

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