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FG to probe Kogi, Cross River zero COVID-19 case claims

Valentine Chinyem

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The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has said the federal government will send its technical team to validate the claim by Kogi and Cross River states, that they do not have COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Osagie said this on Friday at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force in Abuja.

According to him, the initial team dispatched to Kogi had a failed mission because of “some differences” with the authorities in the state.

“Kogi State is one of the two states that have said that they do not have COVID-19 patients. They seem to be sure of this. So, the agreement we have had with them after discussion with the governor is that we shall send a team in just to validate that fact and engage the authorities,” Ehanire said.

“Of course, we do that for national records and to be able to report to the world the situation in our country. We tried to send a team into Kogi on Thursday but there were some differences there. So, we need to engage the state governor again and state some conditions within which the ministry and NCDC can complete their jobs. We are going to send a team to Cross River next week also.”

More so, the minister in his address, noted that about 100 ambulance drivers and patient handlers have been trained by a technical team deployed to Kano State by the ministry, in a bid to tackle the pandemic.

He added that the government was also making efforts to build the “expertise of critical care doctors and nurses to utilise ventilators and other appliances being allocated to intensive care hospitals nationwide.”

He added, “A ministerial technical team comprising of various specialists was set up and deployed to Katsina State to assess the situation and report on needed support. Also, calm has been restored in the Gombe State isolation centres.”

Jigawa is also one of the states where a team has been sent to on a favt-finding mission, following the surge in cases amongst repatriated Almajiris, many “of whom many have tested positive for COVID-19,” the minister said.

In his words,, “On Friday morning, we deployed a multi-sectoral technical team on a fact-finding mission to Jigawa State at the request of the state governor. The challenges in Jigawa revolve around repatriated Almajiris, of whom many have tested positive for COVID-19.

“The team includes doctors and nurses, who will support the state Ministry of Health in setting up and accrediting their isolation and treatment centres.”