The recent outbreak of Coronavirus in Lagos has caused quite a panic among Nigerians. Now there is something to cheer about in the fight against the deadly virus.
Recall that COVID-19 was introduced into Nigeria by an unnamed Italian man who was caught in Ogun state and later brought to Lagos state where he was quarantined and has been receiving treatment ever since.
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It has now been reported that the Italian man has fully recovered and has now tested negative to the deadly virus.
Breaking the news was the governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who took to social media to announce the latest update. The governor accompanied his post with some pictures of the patient standing with the commissioner of health for Lagos state and other health workers.
The Italian’s face was clearly covered to protect his identity. In another picture, he could be seen lying down on a hospital bed with some health workers standing beside him.
The governor went further to disclose that the Italian has also been discharged and allowed to go home.
Read the governor’s full post below:
“As the COVID-19 Incident Commander for Lagos State, I am glad to inform you that the index case the Italian gentleman is now negative.
Through a combined effort of Lagos State, Ogun State and Federal Health Authorities, we were able to limit the transmission if the virus to a single contact.
This involved aggressive contact tracing and containment strategies. However we now have several new imported cases and we hope we can apply the same contact tracing strategy along with social distancing to slow down the outbreak which may be brewing from these new cases.
The index patient consented to donating one unit of white blood (otherwise called plasma) before he was discharged today. The blood plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target #COVID19 virus.
The white blood plasma is frozen in our Bio-bank and will be useful in handling new cases.
The blood plasma will be beneficial for the treatment of new patients in the absence of a defined therapeutic drug for #COVID19 yet.
The index patient appreciated the exceptional care and support given to him by staff of the mainland infectious Disease Hospital,Yaba, all members of the EOC / @followlasg.
The EOC team was extremely happy to bid the patient farewell.Once again, we like to convey the enthusiasm of our team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.”