THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The Italian who was first diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID19) in Nigeria is now testing negative and has been discharged from the isolation facility, a recent report suggests.
The condition of the patient was announced by the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, late on Friday, March 20.
‘As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Incident Commander for Lagos, I am glad to inform you that the index case; the Italian gentleman is now negative,’ the governor said.
He went further to explain that the patient consented to donate one unit of white blood (plasma) before he was discharged.
The blood plasma is said to be rich in antibody proteins that target the coronavirus.
The governor said, ‘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 coronavirus yet. The patient appreciated the exceptional care and support given to him by the staff of the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba and all members of the EOC,’ he continued.