The government of Kogi State has, for the second time, rejected reports of the existence of Covid-19 in the state. It also rejected the latest result announced by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that one case of the disease was recorded for the state at its Thursday nationwide update.
The agency had announced 348 new cases of COVID-19, with Lagos State recording 163, FCT 76 and Rivers State 21.
In the latest update, Delta, Nasarawa and Niger states recorded eight cases each, while Enugu recorded six.
Bauchi, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Gombe recorded five cases each.
Others include Benue four, Ogun two, while Osun, Plateau, Kogi and Anambra had one each.
Rejecting the result in a Facebook post, the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, said the ministry and indeed the state government remain unaware of any such case, just as it denied knowledge of the first index case and another.
He described the new figure credited to the state as mere assumption.
“The purported New Case: We are not aware of who the patient is, where and when the Test was conducted,” he wrote.
There has been a running battle and open mistrust between the Kogi State government and the NCDC over what the government described as opaqueness in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
It accused the NCDC of commercialising the pandemic, a venture Governor Yahaya Bello said that would ‘not to be a part of.’
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