Italian Index Case Discharged, Donates Blood For Treatment Of New Patients - Sanwo - Olu - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Italian Index Case Discharged, Donates Blood For Treatment Of New Patients - Sanwo - Olu

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THE DAILY CRUCIBLE
Governor Jide Sanwo - Olu of Lagos State on Friday disclosed that the index case, an Italian gentleman, who was the first index case in Nigeria, has been discharged from Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

The Daily Crucible recalls the Italian visited  
Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State on  February 26 took ill and was treated in a Clinic within the factory he visited but later relocated to Lagos using special ambulance service on suspicion that he was carrying the virus.
He works for a vendor that provides services to Lafarge Africa Plc, a cement manufacturing company in Ogun State.

No fewer than 39 persons were quarantined in Ogun state at the time for having primary or secondary contact with him and the quarantined had also been released earlier by the Ogun State Government with the knowledge of officials of World Health Organisation (WHO).

Announcing his discharge yesterday, Governor Sanwo -Olu who is the Incident Commander for Lagos State, said that 
through a combined effort of Lagos State, Ogun State and Federal Health Authorities, Lagos was  able to limit the transmission of the virus to a single contact. 

He lauded the enthusiasm of the Lagos Healthcare team that helped them to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.

"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.

"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," the Governor stated on his Facebook page.

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