By Ayo Kehinde
Gov Sanwo-olu of Lagos State
Assailed by reports of attempted escape by the Italian patient under treatment for coronavirus infection at an insanitary unit at the Mainland Hospital facility at Yaba, the Lagos State Government has relocated him to the Infections Disease facility at the same hospital.
Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi disclosed this on Saturday while updating the press on the coronavirus disease in the country during a visit to the isolation facility of the state.
Earlier reports stated that the patient had complained of lack of treatment and attention as well as exposure to mosquito bites in the isolation unit he had been kept since Thursday.
Abayomi said: “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’s still got a mild fever and we would be running tests to see what the situation is with the virus in his body.”
The Commissioner said the Italian would be discharged as soon as he has been certified to be okay.
He said; “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.”