ODM leader Raila Odinga is now back at his Karen Home after recovering from Covid-19 virus.
In a video widely shared by his staffers and himself on social media pages, Mr Odinga while stretching himself said in a video that he feels “Wonderful, so nice to be back home”.
He further testifies that while in hospital he could not have the feeling of fresh air, see the greens. Even though he is still in isolation, he is happy he can see the nature.
“It was like I was in prison back there”
“I now feel like a leper from leper island”
Mr Odinga was admitted in Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday after feeling fatigued and pain all over his body. He would later spend Thursday, Friday nights in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 at the facility.
“Following my letter of the 10th of March 2021, we have confirmed that Rt. Hon. Odinga has SARS-2 Covid-19,” his personal doctor, David Olunya, said in a statement to the media.
He added “He is responding well to the treatment he is receiving … and remains upbeat. We are continuing to monitor his progress.”
Mr Odinga, who authorised his medical team to make his status public, later said the Covid-positive finding followed “numerous and complicated tests on me for the last two days”.
“While the tests were several, one important result… is that I have been found to have been exposed to Covid-19,” he said in a statement.
Mr Odinga will remain in isolation at his Karen home as required by Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 regulations.
Ahead of his discharge from Nairobi hospital after being out of danger and responding well to treatment, Mr Odinga had spent his fifth night at the facility.
“I wish to assure fellow Kenyans and my friends across the world that, thanks to their prayers and encouragement, I am out of danger but I will continue observing the recommendations of my doctors for as long as necessary. I am strong and inspired because of your prayers, support and encouragement,” he said on Saturday.
His doctors agreed that he was in good shape but insisted that, other than medication, Mr Odinga needs a lot of rest and they will be discussing this with his family.
A team of specialists led by his personal physician Mr Oluoch Olunya, a neurosurgeon, has been attending to him.
“They (doctors) are at the stage of discussing continued medication, monitoring, ensuring adequate rest and discharge without the pressure of worst fears,” his spokesman Dennis Onyango told a local media.
Mr Onyango further said Dr Olunya is leading the team because he is the former PM’s personal doctor, has the former PM’s medical history, and also knows the family and the former PM’s circle of friends and influences.
Mr Onyango recalled that as soon as it was confirmed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“He ordered that his results be made public and be accompanied with a personal statement to Kenyans that Covid-19 is real and they need to listen to what the government is saying,” Mr Onyango said.
According to Mr Onyango, doctors believe decision to go public about his condition helped and should be emulated by all leaders.
Mr Odinga received offers for help from all over the world. “I have been touched by people who even offered to bring in medication from abroad and local sources out of fear that I may not be accessing the same here. I am alive because of such enthusiasm,” he revealed.
All his close aides and political associates have since taken precautions including isolating or taking the Covid-19 tests to confirm their status.
Meanwhile, a contact tracing and follow-up centre has been set up at a private office in Kilimani to help with the efforts of reaching out to his political associates and aides who were with him during the coast tour.
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