Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, has revealed that the Italian citizen who tested positive for Coronavirus visited Ogun State after landing at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos State.
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The unnamed Italian was on Friday been mentioned as the first patient of the deadly virus in Nigeria after tests conducted on him returned positive.
Speaking during a television interview on Friday, Hamzat stated that the patient had visited Ewekoro in Ogun State while on a business trip for a company operating in Nigeria.
The Deputy Governor said the patient fell ill after his visit, adding that the doctors who came in contact with the Italian quickly raised an alarm after discovering that he arrived from Italy, which is one of the countries worst hit by the epidemic outside China, the source of the virus.
He added that the patient was transported to a medical facility, where he was diagnosed to have contracted the virus on Thursday.
“This young man came from Italy in Milan, he came in on the 25th; he has a consultancy job with a company in Ogun State. So, he landed on the 26th, went to Ewekoro and then he fell ill, and I think that the doctors were smart enough to say that ‘well, this is somebody coming from Italy that just suddenly fell ill’.
“So, we sent an ambulance there with the pep jackets; so, they brought him in and he was diagnosed”, Hamzat told Your View, a talk show on TVC.
Hamzat, however, lauded the state’s response to the emergence of the virus, noting that the patient was diagnosed under four hours instead of the standard eight hours.
He said: “The good thing is that he was brought in yesterday morning (Thursday), within four hours he’s been diagnosed. So, our diagnostic tools seem to work better than we expected. Normally, it takes about eight hours, but within four hours we were able to diagnose him.”
The deputy governor said the patient is at the state’s biosecurity laboratory in Yaba, adding that the doctors have given assurances that he is getting better and will recuperate fully.
He also stated that the state government is currently tracking people who might have had contact with the patient on the flight and in Lagos.