Things are improving in the country in the fight to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to Dr. Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health statements released on Friday, and by the State Health Commissioner of Lagos, Prof. Akin Abayomi.
In separate press conferences held in Lagos and Abuja , respectively, Ehanire and Abayomi indicated that the index case, an Italian visitor discovered about two weeks ago, is now in good health and will soon be discharged, while the second case of a Nigerian who had contact with him in Ewekoro, Ogun State, has already tested negative for the virus and will be discharged anytime from now.
All 179 people who were isolated in Lagos for having had contact with the index case were also released after remaining in isolation for more than 14 mandatory days without showing any sign of the virus.
Of the 179 people who had direct contact with the index case, 40 were quarantined in Ogun, while the rest were monitored in Lagos State.
Professor Abayomi at a news conference that he addressed the coronavirus situation in Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday, initially said that 179 contacts had been found with the Italian, but since they exceeded the mandatory isolation of 14 days, without none of them showed signs of illness, they were released.
He said the Italian still remained on admission, but noted that “he is perfectly fine now. We’re just keeping him because there are still some virus secretion.
“The test shows that, from now on, it can be negative. If it is negative, we will do another test within 48 hours and if it is still negative, we will release him.
“We are close to downloading the index case. We want to make sure that he no longer poses any danger to society. ”
In the second case of a Nigerian who initially tested positive for coronavirus because he was in contact with the index case, Mr. Abayomi said he had now tested negative twice.
He said: “Initially, he showed positive for the coronavirus twice and now, he tested negative for the virus twice in two consecutive tests performed.
“The remaining contacts in Ogun and Lagos remain symptom-free and have exceeded 14-day surveillance, which means that we have been able to interrupt transmission between the index case and others.
“The index case and its threat to Nigeria have been eliminated.
“We will not be following the contacts again, because none of them developed symptoms. We’re unloading everything.
In the four children and their quarantined teacher recently, the commissioner revealed that they were discharged for testing negative for the virus, as was another US man who had been quarantined previously.
In the next step, Abayomi said, “We believe that, because it is extremely aggressive, we will reduce the outbreak,” adding that the state government has sent more health personnel to the airport to assist the federal medical staff.