Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore resurfaced after a nine month absence at the giant telecommunication company.
Collymore had been away on a medical leave but the public was not privy to what he was suffering from. His first appearance in public was when he faced MP’s on Monday to address the issues raised by Safaricom’s competitors and the proposals brought forward by the Communication’s Authority.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Wednesday, Collymore disclosed that he had been misdiagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency which turned out to be a serious condition.
The CEO narrated how he used to get tired and experience high temperatures that would sometimes last for 24 hours making it hard for him to attend to his official duties at the company.
“During a visit to Morocco, I started experiencing flu-like symptoms. I noticed a pain in the bones of my chin and that my body would start shaking. I thought to myself that it’s not something you experience unless you kick something really hard,” he said.
After returning back from Morocco, Bob sought the intervention of a doctor in Nairobi who concluded that he was suffering from Vitamin D deficiency and given supplements. However, the Safaricom boss was not content with the findings and sought services at the Nairobi Hospital who conducted 30 blood tests which turned out to be negative and the doctor recommended that he be admitted for more tests.
“I left that very night to London and it was there that a hematologist diagnosed me with acute myeloid leukemia- a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and is curable,” he said.
After being diagnosed with cancer, the doctor told Collymore that it would take six to nine months to treat the condition and it would be a tough time.
“Being diagnosed with cancer was not a big deal. I thought this was going to be tough I called my team and told them to put systems in place for when I would be away,” he said.