The Italian man who introduced the deadly coronavirus into Nigeria has been discharged from the facility where he was held after undergoing intensive treatment and testing negative for the diseases.
The man otherwise referred to as the index case, according to the Lagos state government, has fully recovered from the COVID-19 and was even able to donate his plasma to the state which can be used in the treatment of other cases.
The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu took to his social media page to give updates on the case.
His statemnet reads
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 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 to 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 would like to convey the enthusiasm of our team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.