The Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai while addressing traditional rulers in the state regarding ways to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 disease, disclosed the amount it costs the state to treat a COVID-19 patient.
The Governor in his address said the treatment of coronavirus disease is a very expensive one and many Nigerians cannot afford the bill, adding that the state government has to bear the costs.
He said, “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.”