COVID-19: Italian index case discharged

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The Italian index cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria have been be discharged. The was announced by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday

The governor said the index patient consented to donating one unit of white blood (plasma) before he was discharged.

He added that there are several new imported cases and they hope to apply the same contact tracing strategy along with social distancing to slow down the outbreak

“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 Federal Health Authorities, we were able to limit the transmission of 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 (plasma) before he was discharged today. The blood plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target #COVID19 virus” Sanwo-Olu said

The Governor further said that the white blood plasma is frozen in the 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” he said

He said the patient appreciated the exceptional care and support given to him by staff of the infectious Disease Hospital Yaba and all members of the EOC.

He said the EOC team was extremely happy to bid the patient farewell.

The Governor also conveyed the enthusiasm of the team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of COVID19.

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