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Video: I have three chronic health conditions and I’m a Covid-19 survivor – Nigerian lady

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A Nigerian lady, Danielle Jinadu, has spoken out after surviving COVID-19 despite having sickle cell anaemia, inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis tendencies.

Usually, people with underlying conditions are at a higher risk of dying from Coronavirus. Danielle Jinadu lives with 3 chronic illness and, as such, she was considered a high-risk COVID-19 patient.

Fortunately, she survived COVID-19.

She took to Instagram to thank her body for always fighting, no matter what is thrown at it.

She wrote,

“I have 3 chronic health conditions and I am a Covid-19 Survivor.

I contracted Corona Virus in early March. From where? I don’t know. But I can guess. From who? I have no clue. But from about March the 10th (before the 12-week isolation period for the ‘shielding category’ was formed) I have been in and out of hospital, inundated with an overwhelming number of symptoms.

At first, I didn’t know what was going on with me. I just remember that I kept telling my mum; something was really wrong with me, but I didn’t know what. It was like my body was trying to tell me something. I just didn’t understand it. The journey between those moments and now has been a really challenging one.

And I hope to write about it more at some point, maybe through an article or blogpost. But this post isn’t really about that particular journey.

This is more about a journey with self. This is actually a thank you note, to my body. As someone born with a chronic illness, dealing with its challenges from the age of five, at times throughout my life I have seen my body as a burden -to both others and myself.

Something that prevented me from having a lot of things and experiences. But today, I want to publicly apologise and say thank you. Thank you for fighting for me everyday, fighting infection, fighting diseases, FIGHTING COVID-19 and THRASHING IT. Protecting my heart and mind.

I should say this more often, but I really appreciate you. You have never given up on me, so I won’t give you. You have never given up on me, so I won’t give up on you. As I get older, I’m starting to see this little disabled body of mine as a really good friend rather than an enemy. Together we are forging new heights. Battling new challenges, taking on greater giants and breaking huge barriers.

This pandemic is a really challenging time for many of us. But I hope we will leave it stronger than we were when we entered it. And I have often found that doesn’t mean leaving without a scar or two. Wishing you all the best.”

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COVID-19: Two relatives of confirmed case test positive for coronavirus

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Two relatives of an earlier confirmed case from Ikire, Osun State have tested positive to coronavirus.

Osun State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, on Friday said the new cases have increased a number of active cases in the state to nine.

He added that the total number of confirmed cases in the state remains 49, while Osun had successfully treated and discharged 36 patients.

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The state had also recorded four deaths related to the disease.

“We have recorded two new cases bringing the number of active cases in the state to nine. The two patients are relatives of a patient from Ikire, Irewole local government area of the state.

“As of today, we have recorded a total of 49 confirmed cases out of which 36 patients had been successfully treated and subsequently discharged from our facilities, leaving us with nine active cases”, Isamotu disclosed.

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COVID-19 : Expert warns against overdose of vitamin C

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Mr. Paul Okoh, a nutritionist, has warned against the overdose of Vitamin C, to boost immune systems against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Okoh told Newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that such overdose could cause undesirable effects.

According to reports, that Vitamin C is one of the many water-soluble nutrients found naturally in fruits and vegetables.

Many people also take supplements to ensure that they get enough of it.

However, this has raised concerns over the likelihood of an accidental overdose.

The nutritionist said that it was wrong to take an overdose of vitamin C to prevent being affected by the virus.

According to him, Vitamin C is a type of antioxidant that helps protect the body from free radicals that damage and destroy healthy cells.

“In this respect, getting enough of the nutrient is just one way you can support your body’s natural defenses against illness.

“This is how it gained its reputation as a virus-fighting vitamin.

“It also helps increase iron absorption, which is essential for growth and overall body functions. Not having enough vitamin C can lead to a potentially deadly condition known as scurvy.

“Oranges and orange juices are perhaps the best-known sources of vitamin C, but other items in the produce aisle are bell peppers, broccoli, cantaloupe, grapefruit, kiwi
potatoes, strawberries, and tomatoes.’

The patients may probably not need vitamin C supplements if they eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.

“In fact, just one serving of any of the above foods could get you to your daily quota,” he said.

Okoh said that the average adult woman required 70mg of vitamin C per day, while the average man required 90mg.

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He recommended that the amounts were higher for pregnant and nursing women.

According to him, it’s important to discuss your individual nutritional needs with your doctor.

“The maximum recommended amount or upper limit is 2,000mg per day for all adults.

“Taking more than the upper limit for vitamin C is not life-threatening, but you may experience side effects like abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, and possible vomiting, and also sleeping problems.

“People with hemochromatosis are in danger of a vitamin C overdose.

“This condition causes your body to store excessive amounts of iron, which is exacerbated by taking too much vitamin C. This condition can lead to body tissue damage,” he said.

Okoh stated that Vitamin C supplements may also interact with certain medications, especially medications for heart disease and cancer.

“Be sure to check with your doctor before taking a supplement,” he advised.

He said an overdose of vitamin C may also result in undesirable health conditions such as gall bladder stones, kidney stones, and pelvic ulcers.

”You know vitamin C is good for the body but its important people should take it moderately, at least only once in a day.

“But unfortunately some of our patients take a double or triple dose in a day and one of the side effects of this drug is that it causes peptic ulcer, which will create other problems for them.

“About 10 of our patients were discovered to have taken the overdose of these drugs.

He advised Nigerians to desist from self-medication, adding that drugs should be taken based on doctor’s prescription.

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COVID-19: Sokoto discharges all 101 patients, records 14 deaths

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The Sokoto State Taskforce Committee on COVID-19 has discharged all 101 isolated coronavirus patients in the state and recorded 14 deaths.

The Committee’s Chairman, Dr. Ali Inname, who disclosed this at a news conference in Sokoto said that as of Friday there was no patient at the isolation center in the state.

Inname added that the first index case was recorded on April 19, in the state, with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed the 14 days of follow up.

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The chairman who is also the state’s Commissioner for Health explained that the committee received 839 alerts from across the state and that all of them were investigated.

He said that the patients were from eight local government areas of the state.

According to him, men constituted 85 percent of the patient population.

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He said that the committee’s activities would continue as many test results were still pending.

He added that testing of suspected patients would continue, stressing that any positive person detected would be taken to the isolation center.

Inname, therefore, urged people to continue to patronize hospitals as service delivery had fully resumed in recognition of the fact that access to healthcare had declined due to the pandemic.

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The commissioner also advised people to abide by the safety guidelines of wearing face masks, constant washing of hands with soap, and using sanitizers as well as observing physical distance, among others.

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