Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has narrated the ordeal he endured in isolation while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 and how he contracted the virus.

Nasir El-Rufai

El-Rufai disclosed on Tuesday, April 28, that he suffered serious headaches and fever within the first week of his isolation, Daily Trust reports.

El-Rufai says he suffered serious headaches and fever within the first week of his isolation Source: Depositphotos Speaking in a Hausa live media chat with selected radio stations in Kaduna, the governor said though he was not certain as to when or where exactly he contracted the virus, he suspected that he picked it up from Abuja where he attended several meetings.

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He said he did not have symptoms of cough or other respiratory problems but noted that he suffered excruciating headaches and fever which he said he will not wish for his enemies.


“I suffered a lot. I was isolated for 26 days without contact with my wives, children, in fact, nobody except for healthcare providers,” El-Rufai said.

“I did not see my wives and children, I stayed alone for 26 days in a room, even the person who was assigned to bring food to me was well kited so I don’t infect him and I was always on drugs sometimes twice a day.”

He noted that though no member of his immediate family had tested positive for coronavirus, he said he infected a colleague, one of his drivers, his domestic staff and a close friend.

The governor noted that he was fine on the first two days in isolation but by the third day, he was hit by a serious fever that lasted two to three days adding that he couldn’t read or do anything and even found it difficult to pray.

El-Rufai said when he started to get better, he began reading online about everything that had to do with coronavirus, recited the Qur’an, and then attending virtual meetings.

He disclosed said at some point, his phones were seized by his doctor.

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