Governor Yahaya Bello on Thursday asked a delegation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the ministry of health to quarantine themselves for 14 days or leave the state immediately.
The NCDC delegation were sent by the federal government to Kogi State to assist the state which has not recorded any COVID-19 case to boost its testing capacity.
Last week, the director-general of the NCDC Chikwe Ihekweazu, had expressed dissatisfaction with the samples collected from the states, saying more tests need to be done.
When the team visited him at government house, Lokoja, the state capital, on Thursday night, Bello said the rules laid by the World Health Organisation (WHO) would be strictly followed.
The rules according to WHO recommended a 14-day quarantine for travellers after which tests would be conducted.
The leader of the delegation presented a letter and explained their mission to the governor. He said they were there to provide logistics just like they had done in other states of the federation.
“We are here to support the state in shipping swabs and samples and ascertian the preparedness of the state in fighting Covid-19,” he said.
Shortly after receiving the letter, Bello spoke of what the state has done to fight the pandemic.
He said that the state is very experienced in fighting infectious diseases such as Lassa fever and malaria, and that the experience has what has aided then in the fight against COVID-19.
He also asked that the NCDC officials be subjected to isolated and testing in the state quarantine center or they should leave the state immediately.
It will be recalled that Kogi and Cross Rivers States are yet a single confirm case of Covid19.