- Nigerian Medical Association has expressed worry over the refusal of Kogi government to allow NCDC officials to conduct tests on persons
- The health body said that the state government is putting the lives of people at a very high risk
- The president of NMA, Francis Faduyile, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and issue an order that will grant the NCDC officials free access in Kogi
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President Muhammadu Buhari has been called upon to issue an order for the granting of free access to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Kgo state.
The call was made on Friday, May 29, by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) which espressed fears that in nothing drastic is done, there might be an explosion of coronavirus cases in Kogi, The Sun reports.
In his statement the president of NMA, Francis Faduyile, noted that the refusal of the state government to allow NCDC personnel carry out necessary tests on persons potends serious danger.
Faduyile stated that the Kogi government's position is trapping persons in ignorance and untold risk.
The NMA boss said: “The people are therefore undiagnosed and untreated even though COVID-19 epidemiologic pattern has 80 percent of cases that present with none or very mild symptoms yet shedding the virus in their airway and innocently infecting others who may become sicker and die."
He suggested that to prevent interference from the government, testing facilities should be established on the president's order in Army Barracks or any other secured location.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kogi state had finally joined the list of the Nigerian states with coronavirus as the NCDC confirmed two cases from the state on Wednesday night, May 27.
Until Wednesday, Kogi was one of the two remaining states yet to record a single Covid-19 case; Cross River state was the second.
However, with the NCDC's confirmation of the two positive cases, it remained only the Cross River state yet to record a single case; 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) all have confirmed cases.
The two cases in Kogi were confirmed alongside the 389 new cases of Covid-19 in 22 states in Nigeria on Wednesday.
According to the latest data, Lagos state still has the highest number of cases with 256 cases while Katsina follows with 23, Edo 22, Rivers 14, and Kano 13.
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