The Ogun State government has commended Amarachukwu Karen Allison, the doctor who detected the 44-year-old Italian, the index case of the novel Coronavirus in Nigeria.
The state government gave the commendation on Saturday in a statement posted on its Ministry of Health’s dedicated Twitter handle for monitoring the pandemic.
Allison, a staff of Lafarge Nigeria, a cement manufacturer, was said to have contacted the relevant health officials late February immediately she observed that the expatriate worker had exhibited symptoms of Coronavirus.
According to the state government, the actions of Allison helped ensure the containment of the Coronavirus epidemic from the index case to just a single person.
“The Ogun State Government appreciates the young female doctor who suspected the index case in Nigeria in our State, Dr. Amarachukwu Karen Allison of Lafarge Nigeria. Her singular brilliance led to the early diagnosis and rapid containment of the first Covid-19 infection in the country,” the statement read.
Read Also: Oyo Confirms First Case Of Coronavirus
The state government also commended Lafarge Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Lagos State government and other bodies for their proactive measures in ensuring the containment of the case.
“Our appreciation also goes to Lafarge Nigeria for their cooperation with Ogun State in managing and curtailing the spread of the disease within the state. Ogun State under the leadership of the Executive Governor, His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun extends its gratitude to all our partners including the @WHO and @NCDCgov, @UNICEF for their support in containing the Coronavirus infection in Ogun State.
The index patient and the second case, who contracted the virus from the Italian, have now both tested negative for the virus and have been subsequently discharged.