Dr. Amarachukwu Allison reportedly was the first to suspect that an unnamed Italian man, who was working as a consultant with a local cement manufacturer, was infected with the coronavirus.
The man reportedly arrived in the country and spent a night at a hotel before moving to the company’s facility in Ewekoro, Ogun. He eventually fell sick and was taken to the company’s clinic where Dr. Allison’s intuition began to suspect that he had COVID-19. She quickly had him tested for the virus, and the results were indeed positive.
Thanks to her vigilance and brilliance, he was quickly quarantined at the Infectious Disease Center in Yaba, Lagos state and the quick diagnosis has been credited for the reason why Nigeria has not become an epicenter for the virus.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Health publicly thanked Dr. Allison on Twitter, and she responded to the tweet, thanking God “for intuition and knowledge” and for the safety of her teammates who worked with her at the time.
“My special prayers to health workers around the world who have paid the supreme sacrifice and to all families who have lost loved ones. To all unsung heroes, thank you,” she added.
Nigeria has diagnosed 3526 Covid-19 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Abuja as of April 13, 2020 and three cities have been shut down by the federal government and restrictions enforced in a handful of others, in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
601 people have recovered from the virus and have been discharged.