Joy News’ Sports Journalist, Gary Al-Smith has been discharged after he and four other Multimedia Group Limited staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The seasoned journalist spent two weeks at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), one of the country’s isolation facilities.

After disclosing his Covid-19 status on his Facebook timeline on Thursday, June 18, Mr Al-Smith gave regular post dubbed, #CovidDairy to inform his audience about his journey through the dreadful disease.

He explained that it was part of efforts to fight stigma towards people who contract the virus.

On Joy News’ AM Show Wednesday, the Sports Journalist said he was able to go through the Covid journey because of the mammoth support he had from his family, friends and well-wishers.

Stressing on the need for support for Covid-19 patients, Mr Al-Smith said some patients at various isolation centres fear to be discharged due to the stigma they might encounter.

Mr Al-Smith at the UGMC undergoing treatment after contracting the virus

This, he said, could affect patients and even their rate of recovery.

“So imagine those who have come to isolation facilities at this time when Covid is the most dreadful disease and everybody is looking and talking about you and they can’t have any kind of support.

“They can’t pick up a phone and call anybody, they cannot describe anything that has happened to them it is a really difficult time for these people.”

Mr. Al-Smith took to social media to express his gratitude to his family, well wishers and all those who encouraged him during his stay at UGMC.