ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga has for the first time spoken publicly about his battle against Covid-19, days after he tested negative for the virus.

He narrated that he tested negative after three Coronavirus tests were conducted following his self-isolation at home for the past three weeks after he was released from hospital.

But during a press briefing with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi, Raila narrated what he underwent in the three weeks he was down with Coronavirus was forced out of action as he stayed in self-isolation at his home in Karen, Nairobi. 

“First, when I was admitted at Nairobi Hospital, they put me on a certain drug that they were administering intravenously for the first 5 days. And when they stopped that drug, then when I went back they resumed a mixture, more of herbal drugs that I received. Secondly, I have been steaming a lot in the evening. I was on oxygen for a while then eventual they weaned me out of the oxygen….when my levels were 90 and above. But it is a process, and one just has to be astute and disciplined, and follow the advice of the doctors.” 

Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO/COURTESY

Raila looked frail and spoke with slight difficulty earlier when he accompanied President Kenyatta to officially open the road linking the Inland Container Depot (ICD) with the Southern Bypass in Nairobi on Thursday.

 “God is good. This is the first time I have managed to come out. I want to thank my brother (President Uhuru Kenyatta) for coming home to invite so that Kenyans can see my face. For the last three weeks I was in a critical condition but I feel better now.

Raila Odinga. PHOTO/PSCU

He said he opted to come out to tour the Jubilee government projects as infrastructure was close to heart given some of the projects were started during his tenure with President Mwai Kibaki in the Grand Coalition government.

Raila said he sympathized with majority of Kenyans who are adversely affected by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and counter-measures in the country, saying something will be done soon.

He spoke after also visiting the new Green Park Terminus that was recently completed by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.    

Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and James Macharia. PHOTO/PSCU 

He, on Wednesday, met ODM officials at his Karen home in Nairobi as he declared the party’s commitment to his handshake with Kenyatta and the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum.

Raila tested positive for covid-19 three weeks ago at Nairobi Hospital and was released three days later to self-isolate at home with his personal physician Dr Oluoch Olunya assuring he was recovering well.