Lagos discharges Coronavirus index case


The Lagos State government has confirmed the discharge of Nigeria’s index Coronavirus patient.

According to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Italian who flew into the country via Istanbul has tested negative and certified fit to go home.

Sanwo-Olu who confirmed this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, revealed that after weeks of medical attention by health workers at the Infectious diseases hospital, Yaba that the patient has now tested negative to the virus and has been released to return home.

“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 to a single contact,” the governor said.

The governor said there are new imported cases, saying that he hopes that same contact tracing strategy method can be applied along with social distancing practices to slow down the outbreak which may be brewing from the new cases.

Sanwo-Olu also revealed that the index patient graciously donated a unit of white blood before he was discharged. He said the white blood, otherwise called plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target COVID19 virus.

According to the governor, the white blood plasma is frozen in the State’s Bio-bank and will be useful in handling new cases.

He said, ‘’the blood plasma will be beneficial for the treatment of new patients in the absence of a defined therapeutic drug for COVID-19”.

Governor Sanwo-Olu however applauded the professional handling of the index patient by the Lagos State medical personnel, the EOC team and others who collaborated with the State Government and the Federal Government for the success recorded.

He then reminded all residents to keep safe, as well as scale up their personal hygiene habits, by washing their hands regularly with soap and water, avoid large crowds of more than fifty persons and practice social distancing.

The index patient appreciated the exceptional care and support given to him by the staff of the mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, and all members of the EOC.


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