Governor Bello insists Kogi state remains COVID-19-free, lifts lockdown

Governor Bello insists Kogi state remains COVID-19-free, lifts lockdown

- The total lockdown imposed in Kabba-Bunu local government area of Kogi state has been lifted

- This was announced by the state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, June 5, at the Government House

- Governor Bello also insisted that the north-central state has remained COVID-19-free

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Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, June 5, lifted the total lockdown imposed on Kabba-Bunu local government area following suspected cases of coronavirus.

Bello had taken heed to the warnings of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with his decision to impose a total lockdown in the area.

According to Channels TV, Governor Bello made the announcement at the Government House in Lokoja, the state capital.

Bello speaking on the state government's decision to lift the lockdown explained that it had become necessary after the result of all the samples taken came out negative.

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Governor Bello insists Kogi state remains COVID-19-free, lifts lockdown

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello
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The governor while insisting that the state remained COVID-19-free, urged the people to obey the protocols of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the NCDC to curb the spread of the disease.

Recall that the report by the NCDC that Kogi state has recorded the third case of coronavirus has been vehemently rejected by the government.

The agency's report was dismissed by Dr. Saka Haruna, the Kogi state commissioner for health.

Haruna on Thursday, June 4, made it clear that both the state government and the ministry know nothing about the alleged new case. The commissioner said: “The purported new case: We are not aware of who the patient is, where and when the Test was conducted."

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Meanwhile, reported that Kogi state finally joined the list of the Nigerian states with coronavirus as the NCDC confirmed two cases from the state on Wednesday night, May 27.

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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 remains only the Cross River state yet to record a single case; 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) all have confirmed cases.

In other news, resident doctors at the Federal Medical Center, Lokoja raised an anxiety alarm over the Covid-19 free state of Kogi, saying efforts to carry out tests on patients have been frustrated by state government thereby exposing them to risk.

Amid growing concern, the doctors at the FMC said lack of adequate testing has increased the risk among health workers as Yahaya Bello-led government has been frustrating the efforts to ascertain the presence of the virus in the northcentral state.

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