From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Sequel to the current report of National Center for Disease Control, NCDC, confirmation of recording two cases of COVID-19 in Kogi state, commissioner of Health in the state, Dr. Saka Audu has disagreed with the claim insisting that Kogi is still free of the dreaded disease.
The commissioner said that tests not authorized by the state government would be resisted.The commissioner in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja yesterday, maintained that the State till this very moment is Covid-19 free, saying that it has developed full testing capacity and have conducted hundreds of tests so far which have returned negative.
Dr Saka Audu added that the state has also continued to insist that it 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 Kogi person outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us.
He said any attempt to force the state to announce a case of COVID-19 will be vehemently rejected.
“We would continue to enjoin our people to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic into the State and give no listening ears to rumour peddler and mischief makers.
“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their Health concerns. The commissioner emphasized.