DAAR Communications’ founder, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi Snr, and seven members of his family, including his daughter-in-law, have tested positive for coronavirus.
The devastating news came just three days after his son and chairman of the board of DAAR Communications, owners of Africa Independent Television, AIT, and Ray Power radio stations, Raymond Dokpesi Jnr, also tested positive for the virus.
According to ait.live, eight of the members of the Dokpesi family, who were tested by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, came out positive for the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
The affected members of the Dokpesi family were on Friday evacuated to the isolation centre at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, where Dokpesi Jnr is receiving treatment.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the arrival of the ambulance that conveyed them to the isolation centre, the media mogul said, “I am quite okay. I feel very well.”
Dokpesi Jnr had tested positive for COVID-19 after having symptoms of malaria. He suffered persistent bouts of cough, and had to contact the NCDC, which later confirmed that he had the infectious virus.
This led to immediate contact tracing with his family members and later senior management and members of staff who had one way or the other been in close contact with DAAR Communications’ index case.
A comprehensive and immediate fumigation of the entire DAAR Communications headquarter building atop Kpaduma Hills in Asokoro District of Abuja has been carried out by the health authorities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.