The Kogi state government has rejected the two COVID-19 positive cases announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Only Kogi and Cross River state are the only states in the country said to be free of the virus.
The Kogi state’s Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, described the NCDC reporting process as fraudulent, during his appearance on a programme on channels television on Thursday, March 28, 2020.
He stated that the state is rejecting the declarations because they do not conform to the protocols set by the NCDC.
In his words, “When you look at the history of the cases they declared, the patient was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja for symptoms that were far from COVID-19 symptoms. But they were not attended to there and the next thing was to bring them to the National Hospital in Abuja. And within a few hours, they were tested, and under 24 hours, the man was declared COVID-19 positive.
“It is fraudulent as far we are concerned and we are rejecting them in its entirety.”
Meanwhile, the NCDC had earlier maintained that due process was followed in recording the Kogi cases.
At the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Thursday, May 28, 2020, the Director-General of the NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the Kogi index case was a referral from the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja.
stating that there is actually no dilemma in the two cases.