The government of Kogi has rejected NCDC’s result saying there’s no COVID-19 case in the state.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Saka Haruna Audu, the commissioner of health in Kogi, said the state government has developed “full testing capacity” and “conducted hundreds of tests” which the results come back negative.
This affirmation from the commissioner contradicts the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) report. The agency said two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state.
Further in the statement, Audu said the state would not be a party “to any fictitious COVID-19 claims”.
“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.”
The commissioner call on the residents of the state to continue to observe all necessary precautions to prevent a spread of the virus.
“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their health concerns,” he said.
There was a controversy after NCDC’s officials first visit to the state. Governor Yahaya Bello, requested that the delegates be quarantined for 14 days or leave the state immediately if cannot do the needful.
NCDC said Kogi had only carried out one COVID-19 test, but the state claimed it had conducted 111 tests that turned out negative.
Dr. Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, however said a second trip by the agency officials would be successful.