Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, who reportedly caught the corona virus, has now recovered. “No matter what happens I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa,” he said from his university dormitory, where he is now under a 14-day quarantine.
He was suffering from a fever, a dry cough, and flu-like symptoms. When he became ill he thought of his time as a child in Cameroon when he contracted malaria. He feared the worst. As reported by the BBC, he said, “When I was going to the hospital for the first time I was thinking about my death and how I thought it was going to happen.”
For 13 days he remained in isolation in a local Chinese hospital. He was treated with antibiotics and drugs typically used to treat HIV patients.
After two weeks of care he began to show signs of recovery. The CT scan showed no trace of the illness.
He became the first African person known to be infected with the deadly coronavirus and the first to recover. His medical care was covered by the Chinese state.
A few days ago, Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a case of the coronavirus with the victim reportedly being a “foreigner”. Health professionals warn that countries with weaker health systems may struggle to cope with a potential outbreak of the illness, which since its outbreak has led to more than 1,770 deaths and infected more than 72,000 people, mostly in China.
“I don’t want to go home before finishing studying. I think there is no need to return home because all hospital fees were taken care of by the Chinese government,” says Mr Senou.