When Kem Senou Pavel Daryl, a 21-year-old Cameroonian student living in the Chinese city of Jingzhou, contracted the coronavirus he had no intention of leaving China, even if that were possible.
he said “No matter what happens I don’t want to take the sickness back to Africa,” 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 worse. “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.
Egypt has become the first country in Africa to confirm a case of the coronavirus. Health professionals warn that countries with weaker health systems may struggle to cope with a potential outbreak of the illness, which has led to more than 1,600 deaths and infected more than 68,000 people, mostly in China.
“I don’t want to go home before finishing studying. I think there is no need to return home On 30 January the Cameroonian community penned an open letter to the president urging their government to evacuate citizens stuck in the epicenter of the outbreak.
As for Mr Senoua, he says has no plans to return to Cameroon.
“It would be a bad and dangerous idea. The biggest fear I had from the virus was psychological and emotional. Going back home is not an option now.”
Mr Senoua. Aid he is happy Because all hospital fees were taken care of by the Chinese government,”