The Kogi state government says it has partnered with the United States Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) to set up a reference molecular laboratory for COVID-19 tests.
This was disclosed in a statement on Monday the 29th June 2020, by the state commissioner for health, Saka Haruna, who said the laboratory will be used to attend to residents with symptoms related to COVID-19.
He however added that Kogi has established the Confluence Centre for Infectious Diseases in Lokoja, the state capital, saying manpower has been deployed in the facilities.
The laboratory was set up amid the state’s insistence that it has no case of COVID-19 despite the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing three cases in Kogi.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the death of Nasir Ajanah, the chief judge of Kogi state, who died at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
You could recalled that Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has accused the NCDC of falsifying COVID-19 cases in the state.