Meet the brilliant, exceptional woman of science who discovered the index case of COVID-19 in Nigeria
Dr Allison Amarachukwu in addition to being a medical doctor is a fitness enthusiast and entrepreneur from Imo state. She graduated from the University of Port Harcourt in 2013 and has been practising medicine for 7 years now.
Nigerians from all over the world have been curious about this amazing woman who was pivotal in the identification of the first coronavirus case in Nigeria.
After seeing a patient came in with symptoms of the virus, Dr Amarachuwkwu was diligent enough to follow hospital protocols and policies regulations even though the patient didn't show all the typical symptoms. His travel history had made her suspicious enough to move quickly and nip things in the bud and prevent further spread of the virus. Due to her sharp thinking, the Coronavirus had been contained for several weeks and had it not been for the late travel restrictions we might have survived this pandemic relatively unscathed.
After diagnosing and testing the patient, Dr Amarachuwku and her team observed all recommended protocols from scientists all over the world and self-quarantined for 14 days. They washed their hands and quarantined at home with no exceptions or excuses because they knew it was for the greater protection of Nigerians. A very noble thing to do.
Dr Allison advises, "I would implore everyone to please follow all the outlined preventative measures. That is washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water using the proper technique or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. Cough or sneeze into the flex of your elbow or tissue, discard properly and wash your hands. Do not touch your face, particularly your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the virus from entering your system. Practice social distancing, stand at least 1.5 meters (6 feet) away from people, avoid crowded places. If you feel unwell, stay home and inform your local authorities."
In light of this extension of the lockdown, it is important for us to decide if we want to be a noble hero like Dr Allision and protect our loved ones and fellow Nigerians by taking the COVID 19 lockdown seriously or if we want to be like patient 31 from Korea who has been linked to 3000 cases due to her ignoring protocols and refusing to quarantine for 14 days.
This is a very critical time for Nigeria, it is the determination of whether the healthcare system will hold during this pandemic and with countless essential and health workers tirelessly moving to protect us, it is important we assist them and do our part to protect everyone and ourselves.
Our healthcare and essential workers have fought tirelessly on the frontlines to protect all of us and it has not gone unnoticed.
We thank Dr Amarachukwu for her quick wit and bravery, all the healthcare and essential workers risking their lives to keep us safe and satisfied, and all the other brave Nigerians like her who are social distancing and in self-quarantine.