Officials of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) sent to ascertain the COVID-19 status of Kogi have left the state to avoid being sent on isolation and subjected to COVID-19 test.
The officials of the NCDC had in a meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello said they were sent to Kogi to assist the state in responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Responding, Governor Bello thanked the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential Task Force for rising to the occasion. He said the world must unite to defeat the virus.
Governor Yahaya Bello directed the NCDC team ,Fed Ministry of Health team that visited the state on support mission on COVID 19 and DG Protocol Govt House who shook hands with the head of the team to go on 14days isolation. They are to also submit their blood sample for testing.
He said he has decided to give full insurance to frontline health workers and also increase their hazard allowance from N30, 000 to N50,000 daily to encourage them to put in their best.
The governor, however, said the state has resolved to comply with the protocols of the NCDC by putting the officials in quarantine for 14 days and take their samples to ensure they are COVID-19 free.
The officials reportedly said they were not ready to be tested for COVID-19 and went back to Abuja.
Addressing journalists on the issue, the Kogi state commissioner for information and communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said the NCDC should come hard on its officials for violating its rules.