The Kogi state government has finally set up COVID-19 testing laboratory, Infectious Disease Centre after months of denial that the state has no case of the infection.
Saka Haruna, commissioner for health announced this in a statement on Monday, saying Kogi has partnered with the United States Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) to set up the center.
According to him, the laboratory will be used to attend to residents with symptoms related to COVID-19.
He added that Kogi has established the Confluence Centre for Infectious Diseases in Lokoja, the state capital.
Manpower has been deployed in the facilities, he said.
The change of mind comes 24 hours after Nasir Ajanah, the state chief judge of Kogi state, died at the COVID-19 isolation centre in Gwagwalada, Abuja.
Governor Yahaya bello had once sent the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) out of Kogi after it announced three cases in the state. The governor had claimed that there was no case of COVID-19 in Kogi. He had accused the NCDC of falsifying COVID-19 cases.