CORONAVIRUS INDEX CASE NOW NEGATIVE, YET NO NAMES AND FACIAL RECOGNITION
“The Italian gentleman who was the index case is now negative and is being discharged.
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 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.
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 / and the Lagos State government.
The EOC team was extremely happy to bid the patient farewell.
Once again, we will like to convey the enthusiasm of our team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.”