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Covid-19: Learn from the Index Case, Ogun Health Commissioner Urges Nigerians

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The Ogun State Government has called on Nigerians at large to take a cue from  the management of the index case of the dreaded Coronovirus  within three weeks and recently discharged to reunite with the society.

Recall that the nation woke up to the news of the first case of COVID-19, a 44-year old Italian national who was suspected in Ogun State during a brief business visit but was transferred to the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Lagos where he was tested positive for the disease.

 In a press statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, she congratulated the Italian  on completion of his treatment, expressing the delight of the state government that he will be reunited with his family and friends after being cleared of the COVID-19 disease.  ‬

According to her, there are valuable learnings to take from this case towards the successful management and limitation of transmission of the COVID-19 disease. ‬

“A heightened index of suspicion,  amongst frontline health workers such as Dr. Amarachukwu Karen  Allison who suspected COVID-19 in the Italian. Private Healthcare providers are of keen note in this because they are the first port of contact for sixty percent of the populace,” she said.

‪The Commissioner added that early diagnosis and prompt intervention by health personnel trained in the  management of COVID-19 disease should not be taken for granted, pointing out that  strict self- isolation and social distancing are effective  in curtailing the spread of the disease as  shown  by the 40 contacts of the index case who were quarantined within designated facillities for 14days, until they were deemed fit to resume normal life. ‬
‪She underscored the need for collaborative efforts of a multi disciplinary and mullti sectoral team comprising of the federal government, Ogun and Lagos States governments respectively as well as both  international and local partners.

Coker said that the private  sector, where latent resources, ranging from infrastructure to financial were tapped into to mount an appropriate response to COVID-19 disease should not be left out, affirming  that the success story of the index case being discharged and integrated back into society within three weeks of diagnosis was predicated on these  factors.

“Early diagnosis and prompt intervention by health personnel trained in the  management of COVID-19 disease should not be taken for granted. Strict self- isolation and social distancing is effective  in curtailing the spread of the disease as  shown  by the 40 contacts of the index case who were quarantined within designated facillities for 14days, until they were deemed fit to resume normal life. ‬
“The private  sector, where latent resources, ranging from infrastructure to financial were tapped into to mount an appropriate response to COVID-19 disease should not be left out. The success story of the index case being discharged and integrated back into society within three weeks of diagnosis were highed on these factors,” the Commissioner stated.

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