The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, has stated that the state no amount of pressure would force the state government to declare any false cases of Coronavirus where there is none.
The commissioner, who made the declaration in a statement on Thursday, was reacting to a report that the state four COVID-19 suspected death at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja in the last one week.
According to Mr Haruna, those putting pressure on the state are politicians who were not happy that the current administration has been scored high by local and international observers.
He added that as the state commissioner for health, a member of the Governing Board of the FMC Lokoja, and also the incident manager for COVID-19 in the state, he had yet to be informed of any claimed cases.
“There is also a representative of the FMC Lokoja in the state’s squadron against COVID-19 /Lassa fever and never for once was any such case raised in our meetings.
“First and foremost, it is imperative that the public realise that there is no state government that can deliberately put her people in harm’s way for whatever political reason and the current administration has been scored high by local and international observers on health.
“We have and will continue to put the health of our people as first priority. We have been in an annual fight against Lassa fever as the state is located in the Lassa fever belt, recording several cases with regrettable losses.
“We were first to establish a Biosafety Laboratory for Lassa fever in Nigeria and this year alone we have confirmed 30 cases of Lassa fever that was duly announced. To accuse the state of a cover-up of COVID-19 cases is mischievous and at best politically inclined,” the commissioner alleged.