From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, yesterday ordered the leader of the officials of the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Dr Andrew Noah who was on a visit to the state to go into isolation at the state quarantine centre for shaking hands with his DG Protocol, Sunday Ayenibe at the Government House, Lokoja
The governor gave the order last night when the visiting NCDC official shook hands with the state Director-General of Protocol while exchanging microphone after speaking to introduce his team to the audience.
The governor said that the step was to ensure that the laid down procedure of checkmating the scourge by NCDC is strictly followed.
The visiting officials of the National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC were sent as a delegation of rapid response team to ascertain the true status of Kogi as a covid-19 free state.
Earlier, the team led by Dr Noah Andrew had arrived the Lugard house seat of the state government to present a letter titled “Deployment of rapid response squad to help in fighting Covid-19,” said that the mission of the centre was to provide logistics to all states of the Federation of which Kogi cannot be left out.
He said that two members of the team would be left behind to help the state and support her efforts of the state government already in place.
“we are here to support the state in shipping swab and samples and ascertain the preparedness of the state in fighting Covid-19.
He urged Government and people to observe social distancing and use face mask at all times as part of the measures to fight the scourge.
Speaking shortly after receiving the letter, governor Bello outlined steps taken so far by the state to fight the covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the state is highly experienced in fighting infectious diseases such as Lassa fever, malaria and the experience have been brought to bear on fighting Covid-19.
“So far Kogi state has had 100 percent recovery rate of all infectious diseases since 2017 owing to measures put in place by the squadron committee set up to fight the disease.
“Inspite of the widespread death the world over,we in Kogi has had no confirmed case even though there are many false alarm which turned out to be false,we have put all it takes in place to check any eventuality.
“Kogi state is highly experienced in treating infectious diseases because of high laser fever incident,that is why it’s able to combat covid-19.
“We have been able to sensitive our people on all languages spoken in the state.All 239 wards have been sensitised,3 modern isolation Centre have been set up,which are currently lying idle.
Meanwhile the leader visiting officials of the National Centre for Disease Control NCDC, Dr Andrew Noah who was ordered to be isolate by the Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has flee the state to avoid being subjected to COVID-19 test.
This was disclosed late Thursday night by the State Commissioner for Information Kingsley Fanwo in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja.
Governor Bello had ordered the leader of the NCDC delegation to proceed on isolation for shaking hands with the Director of Protocol, Sunday Ayenibe after taking microphone from him.
The governor had also explained that Dr Andrew had contravened the rules and regulations of NCDC and so should be tested for Covid-19 since he was coming from the epi-center of the disease.
“It was a drama today at the Kogi State Government House as the officials of the National Center for Disease Control sent to ascertain the COVID-19 status flee the state ” Fanwo stated.
It would be recalled that Kogi is one of the two states that are yet to record a single COVID-19 case in the federation.
The Officials of the NCDC said they were sent to the State to assist the state in responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
The Officials said they were not ready to be tested for COVID-19 and went back to Abuja.