The deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Dr Kuphukile Mlambo is grateful to his wife Beatrice who he said was his pillar of strength during the time he was battling with the coronavirus.
Dr Mlambo who is now back at work after a long break following his Covid-19 encounter, says he does not know where he contracted the deadly virus that killed two of his colleagues. He narrated:
I was following all the Covid-19 safety precautions. I was using sanitisers, and I was moving only between work and home daily…
The encounter started on a Wednesday. I was feeling very cold. It was the last week of July. I had no energy. I called my doctor, however, I delayed as I was very busy, until Friday July 31. I came to the office, but I was unwell, and I went back home and slept all day. My wife says I was restless throughout that day I slept. I felt as if I had been immersed in an ice bucket. However, I was in self-denial, and I delayed taking a test till the following Wednesday. By the time I got tested I felt like I was in hell.
He also narrated how his wife prepared “all sorts of concoctions and herbal remedies, the lemons, ginger, umsuzwane tea and many others” in a bid to make him recover.
Dr Mlambo added that he would not want anyone, not even his “worst enemy,” to experience the near-death experience he had.
He also said he was in a state of confusion to the extent that he did not know what was happening around him most of the time adding that he is now having flashbacks of some of the moments.
The RBZ boss also said he spent more than five days on a drip, was cold and he had breathing difficulties although he never needed a ventilator.
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