The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has explained that the Covid-19 free status of the State is due to God’s mercy and the diligent health practices put in place in the state.
Governor Bello made the disclosure when he played host to a team of Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) officials who were in the state to deploy Rapid Response Team to help in the management and fight against the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Naija News recalls Kogi and Cross River are the only states yet to record any case of the coronavirus infection in Nigeria.
The Governor of Kogi noted that despite the status of his state, his administration has approved life insurance cover and an increase in hazard allowance for medical and health workers in the frontline, battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the governor the state has had numerous suspected cases of COVID-19 which ended up failing the test. He, however, reiterated the commitment of his government to keep the residents of the state safe.
Bello who expressed satisfaction with the status of Kogi State regarding the COVID-19 pandemic said despite the advantage, the state will continue to deploy strategies to combat the infectious disease and also work hard to curtail the outbreak within its boundaries.
He disclosed that 130-bed spaces isolation centres in three locations of the state has been provided, but expressed optimism that the state would remain free of the virus.
Governor Bello further assured the NCDC team that the state would continue to implement best health practices, and social distancing, with control into the entry points of the state to ensure the state remains COVID-19 free.
In a remark, Dr. Noah Andrew, Team Leader, NCDC commended the efforts of the Kogi State Government in ensuring the State is yet to record an index case.
He pointed out that the team would amongst others build capacity, support in taking samples and strengthen integrated measures, and provide feedback to the NCDC and address identified gaps.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Thursday, May 7 reported three-hundred-and-eighty-one confirmed new cases of Coronavirus.
The development brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nigeria to 3526.