Former Stars Skipper Otieno explains his battle with COVID-19 and the stigmatization

  • Harambee Stars’ long-serving Captain Musa Otieno has revealed how he has had to battle stigmatization since contacting the coronavirus. He said he feels better now and can walk around.

The Stars former skipper was admitted to Mbagathi Hospital that has been designated as coronavirus isolation center in Kenya on June 26 and discharged on July 5. He revealed how the situation subjected him to stigmatization in his neighborhood.

“This is not something that anybody would like to contract by socializing with you. Sometimes when I get out of the house or walk in the neighborhood, I see people pointing at me,” Otieno said.

“I thank God for everything. At the moment, I’m feeling much better compared to the first few days when I was admitted at Mbagathi Hospital,” he added.

“I can now walk around and I don’t have those Covid-19 symptoms anymore; chest pains, coughing, fever, and sore throat,” he revealed.

The former Tusker defender said he contracted the disease while serving the Maringo community through his foundation, Kick-Off to Hope. 

“It’s just unfortunate that I got it while on duty distributing foodstuff to the vulnerable groups. I wasn’t feeling well and I went to Mbagathi Hospital for a test,” Otieno stated.

The former AFC Leopards star continued to explain that his biggest problem was struggling to breathe and lack of fitness.

“Once I was discharged, I felt like I had already overcome the battle. Yes, I was going back to my house under restrictions with no visits, but it came with some freedom; I could do anything I want in my house.

“The first three days were a bit difficult for me because I wasn’t used to staying in the house but after the fourth day, I started adapting to the new lifestyle,” the former stars defender explained.

The former Ingwe defender who was admitted to hospital but has been discharged and undergone the mandatory self-isolation period is now trying to bring hope to over 150 children in his foundation ‘Kick-Off to Hope’.

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