I remember waking up early on the 28th of February, 2020 to the news that Nigeria had recorded its first case of Covid-19. My first instinct was to inform my parents to restrict movement in and out of our house, then I said to myself “Like they care”.
The global crisis continued to appreciate, as lockdowns were put in place from time to time. One fateful day, my younger brother, Junior came back home from the neighbouring community complaining of headache and cough at the same time. He also added that he could barely taste or smell well. I first suspected of Covid-19 but then I answered to myself “The virus is no reach for kids”. We rushed to the pharmacy to get medicine but he still complained of its persistence. I had no choice but to call our parents so he could be taken to the hospital.
At the arrival of our parents, Junior was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed of having coronavirus and thereby admitted to the NCDC Ward, the Center Of Disease Control in Nigeria.My greatest surprise was the kind of haste in which my parents zoomed into the hospital. No wonder the elders in my country always say “one’s child is always one’s child”.
Junior was quarantined in the NCDC Ward for sometime while been given quality treatment by the health care workers. His response to treatment was quite encouraging since he was still in the early stage of the virus. They later diagnosed him to be free from the virus and ready for discharge. However, we we’re told to strictly comply with the pharmaceutical guidelines put in place by the NCDC.
The next day, my dad came home fixing hand washing bowls and sanitizers in every nook and cranny of our home. With a mild voice, he said “Guys, please make sure you are safe out there, you are daddy’s jewel”. I could sense a change of attitude in my parents. They became loving, intimate and loving parents. They began to postpone their appointments just to enable them spend quality time with us.Our unity, love and family bond became very strong.
As caring citizens of our nations, we decided to enlighten the “doubting thomases ” on the dangers of the virus. We could sense unity, peace and safety in our community.
The biggest lesson from my Covid-19 experience is understanding the value of time. During these last months, I made more use of my time with my family. The crisis brought unity in my family
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