The Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai, has disclosed the amount it takes to treat a COVID-19 patient.
According to the governor who revealed this while addressing traditional rulers in the state, it costs over N400,000 in treating a COVID-19 patient.
Governor El-Rufai told the traditional rulers on Tuesday, September 8, that it was the state government who took charge of the cost of treatments of the positive cases in the state because many Nigerians are unable to cater for the bills.
“Even though we’ve had very successful cases of treatment, Your Eminence, it is a very expensive process.
“The last time I received the report, it cost about N400,000 to treat one Coronavirus patient.
“Because he has to be isolated, he has to be fed and the cost of medicine has increased and even the personal protective equipment the doctors treating them have to wear when you add all this up it the average cost of treatment is over N400,000 per person.
“It is a big drain on the treasury of the Government and we have to bear the cost because if we say that people should pay for the treatment of Coronavirus that would open the spread because who can pay N400,000 even in the government hospitals for treatment.
“So Your Royal Highnesses, this is a battle that is yet to be won until we get vaccines and hopefully given a treatment.”