A standoff between the Kogi State government, North-Central Nigeria and the Nigerian Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) seems to be steadily gathering momentum as the state has come out to reject the latest NCDC COVID 19 update.
Kogi state which had hitherto boasted of qualitative testing and the use of an ‘app’ to detect and monitor cornavirus cases in the state, had stood its ground that all tests had returned negative and the state was doing just fine. But with the latest NCDC \\coronavirus case in Nigeria, Kogi recorded two active cases.
Recall NCDC officials had earlier visited the state to monitor and test for the novel Coronavirus cases were forced to turn back on the insistence of the governor, Yahaya Bello to undergo testing and quarantine before embarking on their mission.
In a statement on Wednesday, Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, said the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which have come back negative.
The Commissioner further stated that: “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,” he said.
“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.”