Kogi disputes as NCDC treats state index case (See Here)

The Chief Imam of Kabba, Shiek Ahmed Ejibunu, who alongside his son was declared the COVID-19 index case for Kogi State two weeks ago was never treated for coronavirus at the National Hospital, Abuja.

Rather, the Chief Imam who was discharged last Friday was treated for diabetes and other ailment while the son was not put on bed rest.

However, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, said on Monday that the state swung into action immediately the Chief Imam was discharged only to find out that he was never treated for coronavirus.

Moreover, he said; the respected Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheik Abubakar Ahmad Ejibunu, who is in his early 60s along with one of his sons was the purported index cases from Kogi State declared on May 27, 2020 by the NCDC. However, they were whisked to Abuja from Lokoja on the said day and declared Covid-19 positive a few hours later.

“After nine days, the NCDC discharged the Chief Imam on Saturday June 6 2020 and upon his return home, he was extensively debriefed by us.

“We were however shocked to discover that his experiences in the hands of the NCDC are far from everything that Nigerians had  been told constitute best practices in a COVID-19 situation, especially its pathogenesis and management.

“The Chief Imam confirmed that he did not test positive for COVID-19 and received no result of such a diagnosis neither did his doctors at the National Hospital, Abuja where he was confined, advise him of it.

It was further added that the cleric suffered from nothing beyond complications from an attack by bees, medical conditions which pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic. And before he was released yesterday, he was held in conditions which allowed him to interact with visitors.

“The son’s case is even stranger as he has a negative test result to confirm that he is COVID-19-free. Throughout his father’s time in the custody of the NCDC, the son remained at liberty and was his father’s primary helper.”

He was never hospitalised and was allowed to go home each day and return the next. However, he was allowed to mingle freely with family, visitors, hospital staff and others. However, till this day, he remains the second case of Covid-19 allocated to Kogi State on the NCDC’s scoreboard.

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