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COVID-19: Kogi Succumbs, Joins The List As Nigeria Records 389 Cases — Highest Daily Toll

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…We Are Still COVID-19 Free- Kogi Government

Exactly three months after Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case, the country has had its highest daily toll ever, with Kogi State recording its first confirmed case.

The first Covid-19 case in Nigeria involved an Italian who flew into the country from Milan and tested positive for the disease on February 27, 2020.

On Wednesday, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 389 new cases and two were from Kogi state.

The number of fatalities increased from 249 to 254, while recoveries increased from 2,385 to 2,501.

A total of 8,733 COVID-19 cases have now been confirmed in 35 states and the federal capital territory (FCT).

With the increase in the number of cases recorded, the federal government has called on states to make provisions for more centres for isolation and treatment.

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu
DG NCDC
DG, NCDC

Speaking at the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, said a significant number of states did not have the required number of bed spaces.

“Though not surprising, we are concerned about increasing number of confirmed cases. This is because, very high cases could seriously exceed the capacity of our health system to cope. Routine cases may also suffer as a result. Therefore, non-pharmaceutical preventive approach is still our best strategy,” he said.

“At present, we have a total of 112 treatment and isolation centres in all the 36 states and the federal capital territory with 5,324 beds. While only five states including the federal capital territory have at least 300 beds, as prescribed for isolation and treatment, 21 states have less than 100 bed spaces.

“As the number of cases increase, there is an urgent need to expand our treatment centres across the country. I therefore call on the state governors and philanthropists to take active and deliberate steps to scale up the number of beds for isolation and treatment of confirmed cases in their states”.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State government insists that the state till this very moment is Covid-19 free, having developed full testing capacity and conducted hundreds of tests so far which have come back negative.

A statement by the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna Audu in the wake of the new NCDC report states that all reports generated outside the state are not recognised by them.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

“We have also continued to insist that we will not be a party to any fictitious Covid-19 claims which is why we do not recognise any Covid-19 test conducted by any Kogite outside the boundaries of the State except those initiated by us. Any attempt to force us to announce a case of Covid-19 will be vehemently rejected”.

“We continue to enjoin our people to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic into the State and give no listening ears to rumour peddlers and mischief makers”.

“We are more than prepared to secure the life of our people and have no interest in playing politics with their Health concerns”.

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Former Kogi Governor, Ibrahim Idris Loses Son, Hon Mohammed

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Reports reaching SunriseNigeria indicate that former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Mohammed Ibrahim Idris has died.

Mohammed, son of a former governor of Kogi State,  Alhaji Ibrahim Idris reportedly slumped and died on Wednesday while preparing to go for the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.

Late Hon. Mohammed Ibrahim Idris

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BREAKING: FG Approves Thursday As Additional Public Holiday For Eid-el-Fitr

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, April 11, 2024, as additional public holiday to commemorate Eid-El-Fitr.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, shared on the ministry’s X account on Tuesday.

The statement said, “The Federal Government has approved Thursday, April 11, 2024 as an additional public holiday to celebrate this year’s Eid -El-Fitr.

“The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for a successful completion of a month of spiritual rejuvenation, reiterates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s firm commitment to providing a safe and prosperous Nigeria for all to thrive.”

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