- There is an ongoing drama of confusion in Kogi as the state government insisted it is Covid-19 free
- Yahaya Bello-led government's denial trailed the NCDC report announcing the first two cases in the state on Wednesday
- Kogi said it has full testing capacities and has conducted many tests which successfully came out negative
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There is an unfolding drama is Kogi as Governor Yahaya Bello-led government insisted that the north-central state is still free of coronavirus scourge despite fresh discovery.
Legit.ng notes that the state's utter denial coincided with the report by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing two cases in the state.
Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday, May 27, said the state has conducted hundreds of Covid-19 tests out of which none came out positive, The Cable reports.
He stressed that Kogi has a full testing capacity and any attempt to force the state to announce cases of coronavirus will be completely rejected.
"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," Audu said.
The commissioner, however, assured the people of the state of maximum security from the scourge and enjoined them to take all the precautionary measure with utmost seriousness.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Kogi state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) cried out saying the lack of enough testing for coronavirus in the state is putting doctors and other health workers at great risk.
According to Daily Trust, the NMA Kogi state chairman, Dr. Kabir Zubair, speaking with journalists on Thursday, May 21, in Lokoja, said such a challenge is affecting other clinical issues.
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