Elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark, 93-year-old, on Wednesday revealed that he tested positive for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
Speaking in Kiagbodo, Delta State, the elder statesman said that he has since recovered from the virus.
Narrating his terrible experience in isolation, he disclosed that he spent 14 days at the centre before subsequent tests by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) returned negative.
He urged Nigerians to support efforts by the Federal Government to stop the spread of the pandemic in the country.
Clark said at his age, he recovered from the COVID-19 two weeks after testing positive.
According to him, he contracted COVID-19 after his niece, who visited his Abuja home became sick and later tested positive to the virus.
The elder statesman also confirmed that nine of his workers and siblings, who tested positive, have recovered.
Chief Clark said: “Sometime last month, I got a call from one of my nieces that she was just coming from Warri. I told her that you people in Warri don’t observe COVID-19 protocols very well and I said she should stay in the guest house.
“On the third day, she (the niece) became very ill. She was very weak, coughing and said she had malaria. I directed that she should be taken to my clinic. Because she was coughing, the doctor said she should go for a COVID-19 test.
“The following day (Friday), the Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, sent doctors and 24 of us in the house were tested and on Saturday, the result came and nine of us tested positive. Number one on the list was I. I was terribly worried.
“He (Dr. Ehanire) contacted the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) team and they said they want to evacuate me to a good isolation centre, but I insisted on treatment from home. They said that was okay. They sent doctors to look after me and the rest who tested positive. I was worried because I have heard of people dying of the virus.”