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How I found myself in an isolation centre, despite negative coronavirus result – Business woman



Martha, who is a business woman, has asked medical personnel working for the NCDC to explain why she has been isolated at the Asokoro district hospital, FCT, Abuja, despite testing negative for coronavirus.

Mrs Martha demanded an apology as well as compensation for the suffering she went through while she was in isolation.

It was understood that Martha who was a Benue indigene got ill and lost her appetite.

Martha was told by her sibling who is a medical doctor to go for coronavirus test at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Martha said on the 11th of May, she went with her husband for the test with the support of her brother.

Her husband test result was sent to him via text 2 days later.

She said, throughout that day she was worried that her test result wasn’t ready yet.

She explained that her husband NCDC the next morning to lay a complain about the test result. He was told told that they (NCDC) have been trying to call her, but her was not connecting and they don’t send text messages to patients that have tested positive for the virus.

She said her husband asked the medical centre if that mearnt she had tested positive for covid19, but he was told that they will call him later.

Martha explained that after she and her husband has discussed about what had happened she started receiving calls from NCDC requesting from her home address.
She said that she later discovered officials of NCDC had visited her office to take her away to the isolation centre.

She later made up her mind that she was positive as a result of the amount of phone calls she has been receiving.

She explained that she conceived the idea because of the tone of their voices, what they wanted to do to her. She went on to say she cleaned the house and took her bag and she requested for them not to come to her house that she will disclose her location to them.

She said despite all that, she was still receiving calls. She mentioned that she could get at least 20 calls in five minutes. She went to say she met up with them at Asokoro and she saw many ambulances waiting for her.

She said despite her brother’s promise for her to be taken to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital and where a bed space had been kept for her, a director ordered the nurses to take her to Asokoro district as a punishment for her wasting time.

Martha, who was on her 14 day at the isolation centre, said that another covid19 test was carried out on her two days earlier.
She said after the test, they did not disclose the test result to her but she overheard them saying the test result was inconclusive.

She explained that she called the doctor and requested to know her test result but they were giving her excuses and then said she tested positive. But she wondered how that was even possible.

She said that while she was angry, she got a text message from NCDC confirming that the test carried out on her on the 11th of May, 2020, came back negative.

She then said that she was thinking if they took her to the hospital when she was negative which means for her to be tested positive means that she got it from the hospital.

A copy of text was seen which reads “FCT sample collection centre. Dear ***, test result at 11/5/2020. Negative. Please continue to observe all precautionary measures.”

Martha said that when she met the doctors to show them the text they said that there could have been a misunderstanding.

She explained that she got a call late in the night from an NCDC she was told.that the text she received on the test result might have been for her husband.

She said to the NCDC official that she wants to know if they are trying to make money out of the situation. She said to the official that she had been brought to the hospital based on a false test result, she had been mistreated in the hospital, they have put she and her family’s health in danger and she demanded an apology for the way she was treated, instead of looking for a way to cover up their mistakes.

Martha also complained regarding about the alleged tribalism at the hospital, saying that those who are Hausa by tribe were given preferential treatment.

She said the patients she saw wore different nose masks based on their tribe.

When the media aide to the Director General of NCDC, Emeka Oguanuo, stated that the agency didn’t communicate result to individuals, saying that it was the job of the state epidemiology team.

An effort was made to contact the number that called Martha but nobody received the call.

Abudulrasheed Mubarak is a freelance content creator. He starting his writing career in 2011. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Urban and Regional Planning.

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