Kogi State has not officially recorded any case of COVID-19 for 73 days so far.
The state recorded its first two cases on May 27.
Recall that before the announcement of the two confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Kogi State Government had disallowed officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control from conducting COVID-19 tests, insisting that the state had conducted over a hundred tests that had turned out negative.
According to the NCDC general fact sheet data as of September 13, Kogi State has only recorded five cases of COVID-19, two deaths, discharged three recovered patients, and it had been 72 days since the last case of COVID-19 was reported.
Also, the COVID-19 update for September 14 showed that Kogi State did not record a new case of the viral infection.
chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Kogi State chapter, Dr. Omakoji Simeon Oyiguh, says he was four weeks old in office and that he needed time to know more about COVID-19 testing in the state.
He said he was aware the state had a rapid antigen testing which was said to have been upgraded.
“We are going to encourage more testing and the first thing we are going to do is to set up a committee to look at that. By next week, we will be inaugurating the committee,” Oyiguh said.
He said the association was prepared to partner with the state to improve healthcare delivery, adding, “Our duty is not just to ourselves but to our community.”
Also, Oyiguh said the association would meet with stakeholders on the reopening of the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, that had been shut for over two months.
“I’m told the closure was related to COVID-19, but we are working with Christian Association of Nigeria and Kogi State House of Assembly to appeal to those in authority to see that the hospital reopens.
“We are aligning with the Kogi State House of Assembly for a meeting with the stakeholders and as we make progress on that, we will also come to the matter of COVID-19 to also see that we can peacefully resolve it,” the NMA chair said.
Meanwhile, NCDC confirmed 132 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, as toll is now 56,388.
The agency via its verified Twitter handle @NCDCgov on Monday said 52 new cases of the virus were reported in Lagos State, followed by Gombe State with 27 new cases, 17 in Plateau State, 10 in Kwara State.
Others are: Nine in Enugu State, nine in Ogun State, three in Katsina State, two in Ekiti State, one in Bauchi State, one in Osun State, and one in Rivers State.
So far, as of 14th September, there were 56,388 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria; 44,337 discharged, with 1,083 deaths