The Kogi State Government has confirmed reports of a resident that showed symptoms of COVID-19 in the state.
The government stated that the person was a female expatriate but claimed that the symptoms disappeared shortly after the state COVID-19 Squadron Committee got to her residence to assess the situation.
According to reports, the patient was diagnosed with symptoms similar to that of Coronavirus but the state government was doing everything possible to conceal the case.
It wasn’t confirmed if the sample of the patient was taken for testing to ascertain her status.
Commissioner for Information and Communication in the state, Kingsley Fanwo, had earlier discredited that report when contacted.
However, in a statement on Tuesday, he said that a female expatriate had sent a distress message to the Kogi State COVID-19 Squadron Committee expressing fears that she was exhibiting symptoms relating to that of the virus.
The statement reads, “Immediately the message was received, the Incident Manager who is also the Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Saka Haruna, led a team of medical experts to assess the situation with a bid to ascertaining if the alleged symptoms fit into the criteria set by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for COVID-19 testing.
“Upon arrival at the residence of the expatriate, she narrated to the team in an interview captured on video how the symptoms she earlier communicated in her phone call had disappeared.
“The Incident Officer still went ahead to take her temperature using the recommended infrared thermometer and her temperature was at a healthy 36.8°C.
“The temperature readings fell totally within normal range and she did not exhibit any of the other symptoms.”