Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Contrary to the insinuation that the people are denied the opportunity to go for COVID-19 tests, Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Saka Haruna, has reiterated the commitment of the state government in fighting against the pandemic.
He said the state has not objected to testing at any point in time.
Haruna, however, warned that testing should not be a prerequisite for treatment at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, saying the health institution by extension may be aggravating the pains of patients with other various ailments.
Haruna who was speaking in a chat with journalists in Lokoja on Thursday, said Kogi State did not oppose to testing, stressing that what is paramount is that it should not be as criteria for treatment.
“I want to state clearly that, the state has not refused to take samples for testing, what we are saying is that tests must not be a prerequisite for treatment.
“No it is wrong to say Kogi State has refused to test patients. I must also make this clarification that a situation where COVID-19 test will be a prerequisite for patients to receive care would be vehemently rejected because before COVID-19 there were people that have various symptoms of diseases and hospital is meant to bring succour to such people in distress, “the commissioner stressed.
The Commissioner appreciated the role of media in the fight against the COVID-19, adding that media had always been a partner in progress and has been in this war together against COVID-19.
“The role the media has played is truly heartwarming. I was a person in charge of responsibility I appreciate the media in this assignment. Kogi State so far has not recorded any confirmed case of Coronavirus officially.
“And we believe that our strategies are working for us, even though we are at a vantage position on the map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that also attracts a lot of risks making Kogi State be vulnerable to the spread of the disease outbreaks like Lassa fever and now COVID-19,” he said.