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COVID-19: FG mandates inquest into Kogi’s zero case, re-engages govt

The Federal Government on Thursday, May 21 announced that a ministerial team of experts would soon be dispatched to Kogi. The team will embark on a mission to engage authorities of the state; to determine the material and technical needs of the state on COVID-19.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement in Abuja. He was speaking at a news conference organized by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.

Indeed, Reported that the Kogi Government had allegedly refused NCDC officials to observe protocols; in line with the containment of the coronavirus when they visited the state.

The allegation stirred up drama between the two parties as the NCDC officials left Kogi without adhering to terms and conditions, rolled out by Gov. Yahaya Bello.

Following the development, Ehanire said the committee would need to re-engage the governor; while working with him and his team to create conditions with which the NCDC officials could complete their job.

The minister said that the ministry had developed key performance indicators to track surveillance, strategic activities, and programmes.

He said that the ministry would also be working with states to establish protocols that would improve communication and reporting.

Ehanire noted that the fact-finding team that was sent to Cross River had returned and that the ministry had been able to identify areas of need in the state.

He said that the state’s level of preparedness was reasonable.

“They have set up a committee on COVID-19 and have also started making face masks and Personal Protective Equipment.”

He, however, said that a new medical team had been assembled to take over the management of This Day Dome Treatment Centre.

“Surveillance, contact tracing, and testing capacity is increasing in all states as more labs are being added to our network COVID-19 laboratories,” he said.

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