Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Thursday revealed his three-week chilling battle with the novel coronavirus that has since claimed over 2,000 lives in the country.
Speaking in public for the first time since he recovered from the virus, Mr Odinga recalled how he was in a critical condition and on oxygen.
“… I was also on oxygen for a while but then I got out of it. It takes a process and one just has to be at it and be disciplined, following the instructions of the doctor,” Mr Odinga said during a joint televised presser with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, on Thursday.
He recalled that when he was first admitted to Nairobi Hospital early this Month, he was put on a certain drug, he did not disclose for the first five days.
He said he was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital for a week before he was discharged to battle the virus at home in isolation.
“When I went back home, I was on several regime. I used herbal drugs and was on steam therapy,” the leader said.
The ODM leader said he is now strong and happy to be back on his feet, although his voice sounded hoarse.
“You hardly can tell how you contract this disease because you really try to do your best.
“I’ve been keeping social distance, wearing masks and avoiding crowds, but it just comes and you find yourself feverish and getting a little bit weak and then when they do the test they find you positive,” he said.
He pointed out that the best way to overcome the virus is to follow instructions from experts.
“There is no other way out of it. Now that vaccination is available, I want to encourage our people to take advantage of it particularly those who are advanced in age,” Mr Odinga said, promising to arrange for a public vaccination “so that people can see that I have confidence in the process.”
According to the latest statists from the Ministry of Health, the country’s cumulative fatalities stand at 2,167 with 93,067 recoveries.
A total of 1,557 patients are currently admitted in various health facilities countrywide, while 4,879 patients are on home-based isolation and care.
Just under 200 patients are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 48 of whom are on ventilatory support and 104 on supplemental oxygen. Nine patients are on observation.
Another 252 patient are separately on supplementary oxygen with 240 of them in the general wards and 12 the High Dependency Unit (HDU).