Following the Kogi state government’s rejection of claims by the Nigeria Center for Disease Center (NCDC), that two cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the state, Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the agency, has reacted to the dismissal of the COVID19 cases.
The NCDC in the results released on Wednesday night announced that Kogi state which hitherto had no confirmed case now has two cases.
The state Commissioner for Health, Saka Haruna-Audu, in a statement released this morning, dismissed the results, saying the state has conducted hundreds of tests for COVID19 and all have returned negative.
The Commissioner said the state will not bow to pressures from anyone to accept fictitious results as the state government only recognizes tests conducted in the state by the Ministry of Health.
”We have also continued to insist that Kogi state will not be a party to any fictitious COVID19 claims which is wht we do not recognize any COVID19 test conducted by Kogite outside the boundaries of the state except initiated by us” his statement said.
The state insisted that the two persons the NCDC claimed had the viral disease are not from the state.
However at the daily press briefing of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 in Abuja earlier today, the NCDC boss dismissed the claims made by the Kogi state government. He said there is no confusion about the cases because the reference address given by the patients is Kogi state
”There is actually no dilemma in the two cases. They followed absolutely normal practice. The patient that was referred from the Federal Medical Center to the National Hospital. This is a normal referral pathway when you have a case. They physicians in the National Hospital suspected COVID19 from the clinical symptoms of the patient, asked for a test, it came out positive. The individual lives in Kogi state.
Your public health response is based on where you live because that is where your contacts are so this is not controversial in anyway. Standard practice was followed. Once the results came out, the state epidiemiologist was informed that he has to do contact tracing around this patient. It is the state’s responsibility to do that contact tracing. So we hope they do it” he said.