LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe has spoken for the first details how he was infected with Covid-19.
He is expected to be back in office Monday as he he tested negative to the infection after 10 days in self isolation.
Writing on his Facebook wall, Silungwe says he was alerted to exposure to a person who was, at the material time, Covid-RNA positive on January 13, 2021.
“On 14 January, 2021, I did my Covid-19 test at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi.
“On 15 January, 2021, my results were out. I was Covid-RNA positive. Immediately, I went into self isolation,” he says.
He says on January 21, 2021, he went for another Covid-19 test at Kamuzu Central Hospital and on January 22, 2021, the results came out negative.
“I never developed any Covid-19 symptoms. To the extent that I never developed symptoms of the Covid-19 condition, I am, perhaps, not the best success story of recovery.
“When all things are considered, the medical professionals at Kamuzu Central Hospital are doing a fantastic job. We must applaud them. We must support them,” he says.
He says before the medical professionals take a sample for Covid-19 testing, one of the questions they ask is this: ‘Do you have any underlying condition?’
“This is an extremely important question. The medical professionals are not asking you what you think. They are asking you, if you know – upon medical advice – that you have any underlying condition that they must be aware of,” he says.
He says there can be other factors of recovery or death, saying the coronavirus is quite opportunistic.
“Let us – if we can afford it – do full body medical check-up. We must know – upon medical advice – underlying conditions, if any.
“Anecdotal evidence from Malawi points to the fact that the menfolk are quick to say they have no underlying conditions when, in fact, they have never ever had any full body medical check-up done,” he says.
He says his experience in isolation is that one must be extremely positive.
The government’s top lawyer says a Covid-RNA positive status is not a death sentence.
He says he got his ‘we-still-positive’ jab from watching one of my favourite comedians and playing some of my favourite music.
Silungwe says it was not easy as, during the period of isolation, he lost three people who were close to him as they all three succumbed to Covid-19.