We’ve moved Italian coronavirus patient to better facility – Lagos govt


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The Lagos State Government says it has moved the 44-year-old Italian coronavirus patient to a better facility.

Commissioner for Health in the state, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this on Saturday, a day after the index patient attempted to flee the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba over excessive heat and mosquitoes at the facility.

According to Abayomi, the Italian man was previously kept at an isolation ward but has now been moved to a newly-renovated facility within the hospital.

“We were renovating part of the facilities, so we kept him in a single isolation room for his privacy but we’ve subsequently moved him to one of our completed wards which were recently renovated with the full complement of facilities.

“He is there now and he is comfortable.

“As of this morning, his condition has improved, he hasn’t developed any new symptoms but he still got a mild fever and we would be running tests to see what the situation is with the virus in his body,” Abayomi said.

The commissioner, who spoke while on an inspection tour of the facility, said that the patient would only be discharged when doctors deem him free of the virus.

“The patient has been with us for two days now. He arrived here on Thursday and he has been on supportive treatment and he is actually doing very well.

“As soon as we get a negative screening, then we will keep him for another two or three days and repeat the test to make sure there are no more virus particles in his saliva and that means he will not be contagious again, then we will release him back into the community,” he stated.

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