Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director-General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC, has responded to the faceoff between a portion of its authorities and the Kogi state government.
The NCDC authorities showed up the state on Thursday, May 7 to assess assets by the state government that no instance of COVID-19 has been recorded in the country. They met with the state senator, Yahaya Bello, who demanded they isolate for 14 days and be tried for Coronavirus before they can begin working in the state. This was turned somewhere around the NCDC authorities who selected to leave the country.
Responding to the turn of events, Ihekweazu while talking at the day by day instructions of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19 in Abuja, said
”You can just offer assistance where the assistance is needed. Recently we provided that help yet it wasn’t in a spot where the aid could have been acknowledged. Shockingly that is the thing that happened the previous evening.
We have had an extraordinary relationship with Kogi state. The fair Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka, is a close companion. We have upheld COVID every way under the sun.
One of the main expresses that had a crisis activity focus bolstered by NCDC, we gave the state disease transmission expert a vehicle, longer than a year before accomplishing his work. At the point when we did the entirety of that, I, for one, met the legislative head of the state. We had a decent collaboration.
Like I have stated, the reason for our reality is to help the states. They have the essential duty regarding wellbeing security in their country. Our job is to help them. It is a job I pay attention to very and one we will keep on doing regardless of the chances.” he said
The Minister of wellbeing, Osagie Ehanire, who likewise remarked said
”Kogi state is one of the two expresses that have said they don’t have COVID19 patients. They appear to make sure of that. So the understanding we have had with them, the governors, is that we will send a group in just to approve that reality. We did that for our national records and to have the option to answer to the world what the circumstance is in our nation because the world as a whole at this point realizes we don’t any real records from these two states.
We tried to send a group from the Ministry of Health and NCDC to Kogi state yesterday however there were a few contrasts there. This implies we have to reconnect the state senator and work with him and his group to make the conditions for which the Ministry of Health and NCDC can finish their activity.” he said