Hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted orders for cessation of movement into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Madera, popular city preacher Robert Burale announced that he had tested positive of the novel virus.
In a Facebook post seen by Standard Entertainment, Burale said that he had been struggling to breathe before being rushed to Nairobi Hospital where they confirmed his worst nightmare. He further said that he owes it to his family and friends to publicly declare his COVID-19 status to protect them.
“Last week Wednesday I (after recording an FB program that airs of Fridays) was struggling to breath and rushed to Nairobi Hospital where I was tested for Covid-19 (the doctor in the PPE was the most intimidating thing at that moment) 24 hours later the results were out...The doctor walks in to the isolation room and she says "Hello Mr Burale your results are out," and I reply "So I can go home?" She says, "Unfortunately you have tested positive for Covid and we have to now take you to the isolation ward”. So I waited for the president to give his speech before I put up my post ...Now that the country is opened. I owe it to family, friends and people I love this information...Above all, everything we go through is for God’s glory…” he wrote in part.
Upon receiving the news, Burale said he was scared and immediately thought about his daughter whom they have been spending time together. However, in his post, the celebrated preacher confirmed that his daughter is okay. While confirming that he is responding well to treatment, Burale added that he desperately fought for his life and tirelessly prayed to overcome the disease.
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“Well, ladies and gentlemen, still in shock, you are taken to a treated lift. It opens for you and you are briefed, "When the lift opens you will find somebody waiting for you" and I find a gentleman dressed in the full PPE... (this I only see in movies )...Kudos to Nairobi Hospital...He immediately calmed me down and walked me to the bed...As I walked through I saw grown men fighting for their lives ...I was scared ...very scared. For two days I fought for my life under the great care of the doctors and nurses at Nairobi Hospital...I saw the Hand of God...My progress is good...My vitals are responding well...” he wrote.
Even as thousands across the country prayed that the president opens up the country, Burale took the opportunity to caution them saying the virus is not a joke and people should adhere to the stipulated measures.
“For anyone who thinks this thing is a joke, may the Lord have mercy on you. I gathered courage and called a few people who have tirelessly prayed for me and sent encouraging messages .Please guys be careful. Where did I get it? Your guess is as good as mine. I wish I knew,” he wrote.