The Kogi State Government in a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo said it tested 111 residents for COVID-19 but that the tests returned negative.
“Kogi state got testing kits independently but followed NCDC guidelines. One hundred and eleven COID-19 rapid tests were conducted in Kogi state yesterday and all results came out negative,” Fanwo said.
He continued; “We brought in about 5,000 testing kits. Testing centers are located in three places. You can do it at the ministry of health.”
“We shall not go to streets to pick people to be tested for COVID-19, but hospitals where people with similar symptoms are found and also based on any information of suspected cases,” the commissioner added while briefing newsmen at the state house, Lokoja.
Similarly, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor of the state, Promise Emmanuel boasted of the newly bought testing kits by the state government, adding critics should stop making noise about the state’s COVID-19 status.
“Kogi State Government has about 5,000 of it, it is also upgraded of what the FG uses because this produces your result in 30 minutes. If you feel you have symptoms of COVID19 and want to be tested, come forward. Just call the squadron committee’s number.”
Speaking further, Mr Emmanuel said; “People keep saying Kogi is not testing, Kogi must have this and that. Governor Bello is hiding bla bla.
“How many Kogites have called NCDC to report a case? The rumoured people who have died at FMC, they don’t have names, no families or even anyone mourning them?
“Who also tested them before coming to that conclusion? Some rumours are even daft. Very.”
“It is not compulsory or even by force for Kogi to have COVID19, it is not an election. Even if it is, Gov Bello won his re-election November last year, we are not interested in another,” he added.