*Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
Commissioner for Health, in Kogi State, Dr Saka Haruna, has said the government of Kogi is under pressure to declare that it has the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases when indeed the state has no known case of the virus within its shores. Haruna who spoke yesterday also assured that the state would not succumb to the pressure.
He was reacting to a report, which claimed that four persons suspected to be COVID-19 patients had died at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Lokoja in the last one week. He said that as the state commissioner for health, a member of the Governing Board of the FMC Lokoja, and also the incident manager for COVID-19 in the state, he had yet to be informed of any claimed cases.
Hear him, “There is also a representative of the FMC Lokoja in the state’s squadron against COVID-19/Lassa fever and never for once was any such case raised in our meetings. The commissioner said the aim of those putting pressure on the state was to politicise the situation as they are not happy that the current administration has been scored high by local and international observers on health care.
“First and foremost, it is imperative that the public realised that there is no state government that can deliberately put her people in harm’s way for whatever political reason and the current administration has been scored high by local and international observers on health. We have and will continue to put the health of our people as priority.