COVID-19: Kogi Releases Results of Tests Conducted without NCDC Supervision

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 13 – The Kogi State government, on Tuesday, announced that the 111 people who were tested for coronavirus ( COVID-19) in the State returned negative.

Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, the State Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, disclosed this in a statement in Lokoja, the State’s capital.

According to Fanwo, the tests were conducted on the persons without the supervision of officials from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He noted that the testing kits procured by the State were used to conduct the tests and that those tested were picked randomly.

Recall that the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello had asked a delegation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the ministry of health to go on 14-day isolation or leave the state immediately, which attracted widespread criticisms amongst Nigerians.

The commissioner, however, stated that tests were conducted in line with NCDC guidelines.

He said, “Kogi State got testing kits independently and followed NCDC guidelines,”.

“111 COVID-19 rapid tests were conducted in Kogi State yesterday (Monday), and all results came out negative,” he added.

Fanwo also said that the State remained COVID-19-free.

He added: “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.”

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