LOKOJA – Kogi State Government said so far no single case of Corona Virus outbreak has been recorded in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo who made this known on Sunday also said the sensitization and action plans of the state government are yielding good results.
Fanwo in a statement however urges any donor to channeled their contribution towards combating the epidemic through Government, said the state will be transparent in it’s distributions.
The statement read apart, “We wish to thank the good people of Kogi State for their immense cooperation in our collective efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus in our dear state. Our success so far has been as a result of the buy-in of our people in adhering to our directive on preventive measures.
“The NCDC has cooperated with us and we wish to announce that Kogi Help Lines have been included in the NCDC Directory to help our people access help from both the Kogi COVID-19 Squadron Committee and the NCDC.
“We insist that we do not have any reason yet for total lockdown. We shall not hesitate to do that if it has to get to that. Our action plans are centered around restricting movements and to encourage people to stay at home. Commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists are advised to stay at home for the time being. Full enforcement of this directive has already started.
“We also express appreciation to religious leaders for hearkening to our call for social distancing which does not allow congregating. Your cooperation has made our job easier as we crave your continued understanding.
“The resolution of the Committee to allow all contributions pass through it remains sacrosanct. It is the responsibility of the Kogi COVID-19 Squadron Team to coordinate support towards combating the virus. In doing that, ensuring standards is paramount and helpful.
“The Kogi COVID-19 Squadron Committee also wishes to thank those who have been extending hands of support to the State Government in her avowed determination to combat the deadly virus. Individuals and corporate organizations have been reaching out to us to assure us of their support both in cash and other logistics. Some are offering services.
“In our tradition of transparency and accountability, dedicated accounts have been opened to help our people in this trying period. Donations into the accounts and expenditures shall be made public. We shall publicize all the dedicated accounts tomorrow, Monday 30th March, 2020.
“As at 13hrs Nigerian Time, no case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the State. We urge you all to report yourself to the Committee if you just returned from an affected country or state or know of anyone who just returned from an affected country or State. By so doing, you will be playing a patriotic role of saving the State from the ravaging virus.
“Our Containment Center at FAREC Clinic is ready. As we await certification of our test kits, we still rely on the Test Centers approved by NCDC. In a couple of days, we shall take delivery of our test kits.
“We also wish to announce that we shall be distributing some medical consumables to the 21 Local Government Areas in the State to boost our capacity to contain the spread of the virus.
“We urge our people to stay at home and report suspected cases. Personal hygiene is also key. Government will stand with you all through this trying period.”