Oyo rep Akande-Sadipe makes first public appearance after surviving coronavirus

Tolulope Akande-Sadipe

Member of the House of Representatives Tolulope Akande-Sadipe representing Oluyole Federal Constituency of Oyo State on Wednesday made her first public appearance at Oyo Central Senatorial District meeting since testing positive to COVID-19 early December.

She narrated how she battled with the deadly coronavirus, explaining that she noticed the symptoms of the virus in early December, and immediately had a test that confirmed the positive status.

Prior to the departure with her entourage from her constituency office, Akande-Sadipe tearfully reunited with her ward chairmen, women leaders, youth leaders and several followers.

Addressing journalists in Oyo, she said: “I feel great, I thank God for life and my recovery and I am happy to be here today at this, Oyo Central Senatorial District meeting, being my first home outing since the battle with the deadly virus.”

She expressed gratitude to family members, political allies, and colleagues at the House of Representatives who stood by her in prayer during the ordeal.

“Covid is real. During the experience, each passing day was a gift. With God first, proper medication and management, I overcame,” she said.

Akande-Sadipe, who is the House Chairman on Diaspora Affairs, explained that though she was very careful before the ordeal, her experience has taught her a lesson that truly COVID-19 should not be handled with levity especially amid the family unit and members of the same household.

“I would advise members of my constituency and Nigerians to observe social distancing religiously and wear face masks appropriately until further notice. This is not the time for socialising,” she said.

Akande-Sadipe advised that when that ordinary fever or cough is prolonged, or when respiratory discomfort is accompanied by joint aches, loss of smell or taste, irritation, body pains, and palpitations, the affected person should isolate, test and seek medical attention.