Nigeria’s COVID-19 index case discharged after second negative test

The Italian man who was first diagnosed with Covid 19 in Nigeria is now free of the virus.

He was allowed to leave the isolation centre in Lagos where he was quarantined and treated on Friday evening.

This was confirmed by the Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo-Olu on twitter.

“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,” he stated.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said; “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 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 donate one unit of white blood, before he was discharged today. The blood plasma is rich in antibody proteins that target the #COVID19 virus.

“The white blood plasma is frozen in our Bio-bank and will be useful in handling new cases.

The Governor added that the blood plasma would be beneficial for the treatment of new patients in the absence of a defined therapeutic drug for #COVID19 yet.