The Kogi State government has disclosed that the state now has a testing and reference molecular laboratory for COVID-19 tests.
The State Commissioner for health, Saka Haruna who made the disclosure, noted that the laboratory will be used to attend to residents with symptoms related to COVID-19.
Speaking in a statement on Monday, Haruna disclosed that the state government partnered with the United States Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) to set up the testing centre.
Similarly, the Commissioner added that Kogi State now has an infectious disease centre with the establishment of the Confluence Centre for Infectious Diseases in Lokoja.
Naija News recalls despite the claims by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the presence of COVID-19 in Kogi State, the state government had insisted the state is COVID-19 free.
However, the announcement on the set up of a COVID-19 test centre in Kogi comes about 24 hours after the death of Nasir Ajanah, the Chief Judge of the state who passed away at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Meanwhile, the Kogi Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo said the state government will organise a 3-day Fidau prayer in honour of the late chief judge on Tuesday (today).
“The Fidau prayer would hold at the residence of the late Justice Ajanah in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) Lokoja by 8am on Tuesday, 30th June, 2020,” Fanwo said, adding that “the prayers will hold in line with the NCDC protocol of social distancing,” Fanwo said in a statement on Monday.