- Donates blood plasma
The Italians last confirmatory test returned negative and was certified fit to rejoin the society after several weeks in quarantine at the infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. Breaking the good news in his social media handle, an elated Gov. Sanwo-olu announced “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 governor also stated that the Italian out of joy and satisfaction on treatment received in the cause of his travail has agreed to donate his plasma so as to help in the treatment of other patients. According to the governor,
“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. 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”.
This bring the number of cases in Nigeria to 10 after one of the contacts of the index case was discharged earlier this week.