- Dr Amara Allison, the medical officer, who discovered the first index case of Covid-19 in Nigeria has shared her experience
- The doctor said after she was quarantined for coming in contact with the patient, everything felt really unbelievable
- Allison added that with a good family support system, conducive environment, books, and movies, she was able to live through the boredom and anxiety
While the stories of Covid-19 infection cases abound and we think that is all there is to the pandemic, there are also narratives of heroes who are putting themselves at great risk to ensure the outbreak does not get worse.
In Nigeria, Dr Amara Allison is one of such people. She was the medical officer who diagnosed Nigeria’s first case of Covid-19.
After that experience, she had to go through a compulsory 14-day quarantine with 35 other people who had been in contact with the patient.
In an interview, she said the quarantine experience was quite unreal, saying she could not imagine being in that situation, All Africa reports.
She said by the third day, she was drowned with emotions and became visibly afraid of the situation she was in.
Thankfully, her family gave all the emotional support she needed during the period, an act she said she is grateful for.
Allison said that the psychological trauma was the greatest thing she dealt with as she lived with mixed thoughts for the quarantine period.
As days went by, she developed a creative way to deal with boredom and anxiety through books and movies.
She said that the quarantine space was comfortable and advised that having means of entertainment really do make the period bearable.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a team of engineers took up the challenge of ventilator scarcity and created one.
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The engineers were able to create a prototypical ventilator in just a week. The head of the team, Tunde Okoya, the managing director of Lange and Grant Commodities Limited, said it was in their response to the government’s call.
The call was made to challenge local manufacturers to find a lasting solution to the situation of ventilator shortage.
“So we put together a technical committee and the result is what we see today. We studied and captured heat values using our thermo-graphic camera. Values recorded are great and there hasn’t been any thermal runaway,” Okoya spoke about the production process.
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