Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor, has disclosed that the Kaduna State Government spends about N400,000 to treat one COVID-19 patient. He made the disclosure at an executive meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna.
“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 said.
El-Rufai also stated that the expenses the state was incurring in treating COVID-19 patients was “digging a big hole in the government’s coffers.” The governor therefore urged traditional rulers to ensure that every member of their locality adheres to government directives in curbing the spread of the virus.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the total number of COVID-19 patients in Kaduna State is currently 2208, with 2,095 recovered and 32 deaths.