The Ogun state government has revealed the identity of the doctor who suspected the index case of coronavirus in Nigeria.
In a series of tweets on Saturday, the state ministry of health appreciated the doctor, Amarachukwu Allison, whose brilliance was said to have led to the detection of the case in the state.
Allison is a doctor at Lafarge Plc, a cement manufacturer.
The index case, an Italian, arrived in Nigeria on February 24.
He was said to have spent the night at Lafarge’s facility when he fell sick and was taken to the company’s medical centre where preliminary diagnosis began.
After testing positive for the disease, he was subsequently quarantined at the Infectious Disease Centre in Yaba, Lagos state.
About 39 people who had contact with him were also quarantined. One of them tested positive for the disease while others were discharged. The positive case later recovered.
On Friday, the Italian was discharged from the isolation centre after testing negative for the disease.
The state government also appreciated Lafarge for its cooperation in managing the spread of the virus in the state.
“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,” it said.
“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 @dabiodunMFR
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 brillaince led to the early diagnosis and rapid containment of the first Covid-19 infection in— OgunCovid-19Update (@OGCovid19update) March 21, 2020
extends its gratitude to all our partners including the @WHO and @NCDCgov , @UNICEF for their support in containing the Coronavirus infection in Ogun State@drtomicoker @dabiodunMFR @OGSGofficial @HealthOgun @toluogunlesi @MBuhari— OgunCovid-19Update (@OGCovid19update) March 21, 2020
On a final note, we sincerely appreciate the @followlasg under the kind leadership of @jidesanwoolu for their efforts and contributions geared towards taming this deadly virus.— OgunCovid-19Update (@OGCovid19update) March 21, 2020
Responding, Allison thanked God “for intuition and knowledge” and for the safety of her teammates.
“I want to thank God Almighty for intuition and knowledge and also for the safety of my teammates and I who worked together at the time,” she said.
I want to thank God Almighty for intuition and knowledge and also for the safety of my teammates and I who worked together at the time.— Amarachukwu Karen Allison (@mzGolden17) March 21, 2020
Special thanks to Lafarge, @NCDCgov @OGCovid19update @LSMOH @Fmohnigeria @IntlSOS for their prompt and professional https://t.co/Dm4cAU51ya
response; Prof Moji Adeyeye DG NAFDAC @DGatNAFDAC @TundeIrukera (DG FCCPC) for your prayers, calls and support.— Amarachukwu Karen Allison (@mzGolden17) March 21, 2020
This is a very critical time for us all and I wish to impress on all the need to put adequate measures in place and join the global effort to address COVID-19.
Nigerians on Twitter praised her for saving lives and for her diligence and bravery, asking for God’s protection over her.My special prayers to health workers around the world who have paid the supreme sacrifice and to all families who have lost loved ones.— Amarachukwu Karen Allison (@mzGolden17) March 21, 2020
To all unsung heroes, thank you.
Thank you so much for your diligence. Thank you for your your vigilance and high level of professionalism of you and your team members. Posterity will never forget the good work you did. We appreciate and celebrate you.— #iKponmwosa (@ORONSofGOD) March 21, 2020
@mzGolden17 , Dearest Sister, May God bless your generation in Jesus mighty name. Amen! You are my HERO. @AfamDeluxo @UchePOkoye and @Dasucre, please come and see our wonderful sister, the HERO of COVID-19 Nigeria. https://t.co/YAwSkiXoyi— AnyaEjiAfuzo GCFR (@DEriobu) March 21, 2020
Well done!!! Thank you for acting on your intuition. Thank you to your team. And thank God who kept you all from being infected.— Doc_Amy (@Miz_Amy_) March 21, 2020
We're proud of you, @mzGolden17. May God reward your kind heart.— Femi Benson (@FemiBenson1) March 21, 2020
God bless you real good!
God bless @mzGolden17— Son of David (@DrOlusesan) March 21, 2020
The Lord shall prosper you and your household. All the days of your life, God's favour shall continue to locate. We are proud of you!
Weldone doctor, your country is proud of you ma— TEMITOPE O. TEMITOPE (@Temietoa) March 21, 2020
Thank you doctor for such great effort.— Officialdaphne (@obrigadounusual) March 21, 2020
You saved lives. Thank you so much for what you do. 🙏— Wale III (@waleola101) March 21, 2020
The Nation at large appreciate you 🙏. Thank you.— Joseph (@JoeAkogun) March 21, 2020
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