Italian patient (centre with the face covered) with health officials, after he’s discharged Friday night. Photo: Twitter/Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Nigeria’s Italian Coronavirus patient negative, discharged

* Patient donates a unit of white blood (plasma) before discharge

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The unnamed Italian with Coronavirus (COVID-19) index case has been discharged after receiving treatment for almost a month in Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State has disclosed.

It is recalled that earlier in the week, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Honourable Minister for Health, had said the patient had tested negative, and that further tests would be carried out before he could be allowed to go 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,” Mr. Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor stated that the index case patient donated one unit of white blood (plasma) before he was discharged Friday, March 20.

Blood plasma is said to be rich in antibody proteins that target #COVID19 virus.

The governor said the white blood plasma had been frozen in the state’s bio-bank, and would be beneficial for the treatment of new patients in the absence of a defined therapeutic drug for #COVID19.

Report affirms that Nigeria thus far has recorded 11 more cases of the Coronavirus since the Italian was diagnosed February 27.

One of the cases who had contact with the Italian, has also tested negative for the virus.

ConsumerConnect recalls that the patient arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, February 24 from Milan, in Italy, and was reported ill Wednesday, February 26.

He was later transferred to Lagos State Biosecurity Facilities for isolation and testing.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, at a press conference February 28 had stated that “we have a traveller that began his journey in Milan on Monday, 24th February.

“He transited through Instanbul on Turkish Airlines, and arrived in Lagos on Monday night.”

Prof. Abayomi said the Italian spent the night a hotel close to the airport, and travelled for business engagement at Lafarge Africa’s plant at Ewekoro, in Ogun State, Tuesday morning.

“He carried out business in Ogun State within the confines of that company Tuesday (February 25) and in the early part of Wednesday.

“By afternoon, he started to develop symptoms for high fever and body pains.”

Abayomi said the patient was isolated and an investigation of the symptoms began at the medical facility owned by the company because of the Italian’s travel origin.

The patient was isolated overnight on Wednesday and was transferred to Lagos State on Thursday morning.

“He immediately he arrived, he was put straight into isolation and the appropriate test was ordered. Within hours, we received the signal,” the Commissioner recalled.

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