The Kogi state government said it is working with the U.S. Center for disease control (CDC) to establish a reference molecular laboratory for COVID-19 tests.
Saka Haruna, the health Commissioner who broke the news in a statement on Monday, said the lab will be used to help residents with symptoms related to COVID-19.
He added that Kogi had set up an infectious disease fusion Center in Lokoja, the state capital, saying the workforce was deployed in these institutions.
The lab was set up amid the state’s insistence that it does not have a single case of COVID-19, despite the fact that the Nigerian Center for disease control (NCDC) has declared three cases in Kogi.
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He accused the NSCB of falsifying COVID-19 cases in the state.
This also happened 24 hours after Nasir Ajana, chief justice of Kogi state, died in the COVID-19 detention facility in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
A statement released Monday by Kogi information Commissioner Kingsley Fanwo said the state government is organizing a 3-day Fidau prayer in honor of the late chief justice.
“The Fidau prayer will take place at the residence of the late judge Ajana in the Lokoja government reserve by 8am on Tuesday, June 30, 2020,“ Fanwo said, adding that” prayers will be held in accordance with the NCDC Protocol on social distancing.”