Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has claimed that it costs about N400,000 to treat a COVID-19 patient in the state, as a result of the increasing cost of drugs, feeding, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors.
El Rufai disclosed this on Monday during an executive committee meeting with traditional rulers chaired by Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto.
“We have a very high success rate in treating COVID-19 patients. Even a 90-year-old person, with underlying conditions, diabetes and hypertension was treated successfully in the state,” el-Rufai said.
“The virus has not left us. We may ignore it, but it is still there. We urge you to sensitise our people to protect themselves against this virus, particularly those that are above the age of 60.
“It costs about N400,000 to treat one coronavirus patient. They have to be isolated and fed. The cost of medicine has increased, even the personal protective equipment that the doctors treating them have to wear. When you add all this up, the average cost of treatment is over N400,000 per person. We have to bear the cost.” he concluded
Kaduna has recorded a total of 2,214 COVID-19 cases so far.