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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Nigeria’s Index Coronavirus Patient (Italian man) discharged and his picture revealed

Italian man

The Italian who brought CORONAVIRUS in Nigeria has been discharge after testing negative to the virus.This was confirmed by the Lagos State government on Friday March 20.
The Italian man identity withheld has been receiving treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Yaba, after testing positive to COVID-19 on February 28.
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed the development in a series of tweets on Friday.He  Posted a picture of the Italian man(face covered)with Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, and other health officials.
Italian man(face covered) with health officials



“As the COVID-19 Incident Commander for Lagos, I am glad to inform you that the index case; the Italian gentleman is now negative.


“Through a combined effort of Lagos, Ogun State and Fed Health Authorities, we were able to limit the transmission of the virus througth “contact tracing and containment strategies.” to single contact,” the governor said.


Babajide Sanwo-Olu, noted that the state has recorded new imported cases of the disease, stressing that the government will still apply the same method to reduce its spread.
The index patient consented to donate one unit of white blood (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 the staff of the mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, all members of the EOC.
“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,” he said.

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