- A Covid-19 survivor, Oyindamola Oluwaseun Ajibare, has spoken about the stigma of the virus and how she lost her job
- The caregiver said she got the virus from her employer's son who arrived from the UK with Covid-19 symptoms of cough and fever
- Oyindamola added that her boss falsely accused her of stealing her laptop as a basis to fire her
Oyindamola Oluwaseun Ajibare, a caregiver and coronavirus survivor in Lagos state, has explained how she survived the disease.
In a Facebook post, the survivor said that her employer fired her while she was still getting treated at the isolation centre, The Nation reports.
Oyindamola also said that she suspected that she got the virus from the 11-year-old kid of her employer.
Resuming duty on Wednesday, March 11, she said that her employer’s son got back from the UK on Monday, March 23.
She said that the young boy came back with severe cough and fever and his mother had to call the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to her, while they were waiting for his result to come back, she was still in contact with the boy as his caregiver. Oyindamola, however, said her infection could have taken place the very day he returned.
“While we waited for the result, the boy was always in his room, but as his caregivers, we always had contact with him.
"But I suspect that it was the day he came that I might have gotten infected because the day the NCDC came to the house to test the boy, I started feeling some symptoms, itchy eyes and aching joints, but I just attributed it to stress,” she said.
In another part of the long post, she said she is of the strong belief that both a person’s immune system and state of mind are necessary for fighting the virus.
“I think your body fights this thing and also the state of your mind because I was never afraid of the virus and stayed positive. I tested negative after nine days. I was the second person to be discharged at the centre. And before I was discharged, we had increased from 6 that we were when I got there to about 30,” she noted.
Her bigger sorrow even came after she overcame the virus and realised that she had lost her job and she had to fight the stigma of once being a Covid-19 patient.
“After she fired me, she sent me a message to say that I stole her laptop and she was going to put my story everywhere to make sure nobody employs me.
“I was very depressed when she accused me of stealing her laptop and decided to call my agency and told them about the situation. When they called her, she denied accusing me of stealing her laptop. My vitals became very bad that the doctors noticed and I was forced to tell them my plight,” she said.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, another coronavirus survivor, also shared a powerful message on the disease in a short video by the NCDC.
In the short clip, the Covid-19 survivor told people that being negative does not give them the right to stigmatise those that are positive for the virus.
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