COVID-19: Index Case Tests Negative, Donates Blood for New Cases

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The Index case of the deadly disease Coronavirus has tested negative. This was made known by the Governor of Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu through his social media handles.

He said that through aggressive contact tracing and containment strategies and also with the combined effort of both Osun State and Federal Health Authorities, the transmission of the virus was limited.

According to the Governor, the index case donated a unit of white blood which has been frozen and will be used to target new cases.

He wrote, “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.
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 to 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 (otherwise called 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 the staff of the mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, all members of the EOC / @followlasg.
The EOC team was extremely happy to bid the patient farewell.

Once again, we would like to convey the enthusiasm of our team to do the very best possible in handling incidents of Coronavirus.”

Recall that there have been four new cases in Lagos State which are being handled, the Ministry of Health also advised that everyone should protect themselves and report any new case.

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