Sports Journalist Gary Al-Smith, with the Multimedia Group, has contracted coronavirus.
Gary took to Facebook to announce his status, pledging to be an ambassador against stigmatisation.
The broadcast journalist’s post comes on the heels of an announcement by the Multimedia Group that five of its staff have tested positive for COVID-19, which has infected almost 13,000 people in Ghana, with 66 deaths.
A statement from multimedia read:
As per this statement, Multimedia has recorded five cases of COVID-19.I’m one of the five.After consultation with my family, we have decided that from tonight, I’ll be speaking on radio and TV about my experience.On this page, I will be chronicling my daily experiences and how I feel, every step of the way.My family and I believe this can be my small way of battling the stigmatization problem we face in the country.I’m doing very well, thankfully, and everyone has been very supportive.
Minutes after the company released a statement, Gary posted on social media that he was among employees of the company who had tested positive for the disease.
“As per this statement, Multimedia has recorded five cases of COVID-19.I’m one of the five. After consultation with my family, we have decided that from tonight, I’ll be speaking on radio and TV about my experience.“We believe this can be my small way of battling the stigmatisation problem we face.I’m doing very well, so no need to panic,” his Facebook post read.
Gary also shared his experience and advice everyone to stay safe as they follow the President’s directives.
Thank you for the messages of comfort and warmth.
It’s been truly encouraging. Much appreciated.
I’m going through the recovery process. The doctors have asked me to get as much rest as I can. But I’ve also been asked to keep myself – and my brain – active.
With that in mind, I’ll be posting normal work stuff in addition to updates and accompanying experience.
I just have a virus; I’m not dying LOL.
As you go to bed, please make a personal commitment to understand that not everyone here is lucky to be in (almost) peak physical condition like I am.
Many are not having it easy, at all.
You know the protocols. Observe them. Let’s be safe.
God be with you.