- The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed concern over the refusal of Kogi state to test suspected cases of COVID-19
- The chairman of the doctors’ association Kogi state chapter explained that the consequences of not doing COVID-19 testing may be too great to handle
- Recall that the Kogi government raised an alarm over a plot for the state to declare cases of coronavirus
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The Kogi chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed concern over the refusal of the state to test suspected cases of COVID-19, Premium Times reports.
Though Nigeria already has 2,948 confirmed cases and 98 fatalities across the country, Kogi is one of the two states yet to report any case of the disease since the nation's index case back in February.
Nonetheless, it has been reported that COVID-19 tests have been deliberately discouraged in Kogi by the state government and this attitude has annoyed the doctors’ association who are warning that it could be dangerous.
Kabir Zubair, NMA chairman in Kogi speaking in an interview with the online publication expressed fears that the consequences of the state not testing people for coronavirus may be too enormous to deal with.
He said: “If the state is not testing anybody despite having many suspected cases, it only translates that there may be more cases to deal with later and we don’t know where they are now. Community transmission will be inevitable. And this could only spell impending doom.”
Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state dismissed claims by the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, that states which are yet to record cases of COVID-19 are either negligent in testing and tracing or actively hiding the disease within their territories.
The Kogi government in a statement on Wednesday, April 29, said the state being one of the only three states in the country yet to record any case of COVID-19 found the comments by the NCDC DG distressing.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Kogi government said that the state is under pressure to declare the presence of coronavirus as the pandemic spreads across states of the federation.
The north-central state is one of the two out of the 36 states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that have not reported any case of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With fear and concern mounting over the coronavirus status in the state, Kogi government alleged that there is an “unholy conspiracy to declare COVID-19 in all states of the federation.”
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