Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has declared Kogi state a high risk state for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the virus.
Mukhtar Muhammad, National Incident Manager (NIM) of the PTF COVID-19 pandemic, gave the warning against visiting the state during the task force’s press briefing on Monday February 1, and also accused the government of Kogi State of failing to report testing and setting up isolation centers.
“In addition to these, we have states where data is not coming forth. If we don’t test, your data will not be analysed and if your data is not analysed, we won’t know the level of the pandemic in your state.
“Notable among the states are Yobe, Jigawa, Zamfara and Kebbi and of course Kogi that has not been reporting at all.
“States that are not testing are probably at much more higher risk than the states that are currently known as high burdened states.
“A state that is not testing at all is an absolute high risk for Nigerians to visit because, there is no testing facility and even if you fall sick, there is no isolation center and they don’t even acknowledge that the disease exists. So for that reason, we put that state at the top of high risk states.”
He also revealed that the 22 high burdened local government areas within 13 states in the country, especially in the cities of the state capitals contributed over 95 per cent of new cases recorded in the last six weeks.
He listed the states and local governments as Nkanu West (Enugu); Abuja Municipal (FCT); Gwagwalada FCT; Gombe (Gombe); Chikun (Kaduna); Kaduna North; Kaduna South; Nassarawa (Kano); Katsina (Katsina); Ilorin South (Kwara); Ilorin West (Kwara); Eti-Osa (Lagos); Ikeja (Lagos); Kosofe (Lagos); Lagos Mainland (Lagos); Keffi (Nasarawa); (Lafia) Nasarawa; Ibadan North (Oyo); Jos North (Plateau); Jos South (Plateau); Port-Harcourt (Rivers); and Wamako (Sokoto).