The Kogi state government has insisted that its state is COVID-19 free, while rejecting it has two positive cases from recent results of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner Wednesday in a statement noted the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have all come back negative.
The commissioner stressed that the state would not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims.
The statement reads in part, “Kogi State till this very moment is Covid-19 free. We have developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative,”
“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious COVID-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any COVID-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.
“Any attempt to force us to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.
“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their health concerns.”
Contrary to the commissioner’s stand, Kingsley Fanwo, commissioner for information, said the state was evaluating the situation and gathering the facts.
”We cannot comment on the claims for now. We got to know like every other person. So we are evaluating the situation and gathering the facts,”
”When we have all the facts and information, we will communicate our position adequately and appropriately. Public health is a thing of great interest to the administration. Our people should remain calm as we gather the facts.” He said.
Recall the first visit of NCDC officials to the state. Yahaya Bello, the governor, ordered the officials to leave the state or be quarantined for 14 days.