Nigerians react to Governor El-Rufai’s claims on cost of treating COVID-19 patients

Nigerians have reacted to the statement made by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that the government spends at least N400,000 to treat a COVID-19 patient in the state.

In a Channels TV video monitored by VOICE AIR MEDIA, Mr El-Rufai, on Monday, spoke at an executive committee meeting with traditional rulers in Kaduna.

The meeting was chaired by Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto.

The governor noted that telling patients to take responsibility of the medical bills would lead to widespread of the deadly virus.

“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.”

“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 said.

It was not the first time a state official would spark reactions over the cost of treating a coronavirus patient.

Last July, Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State health commissioner, elicited an outcry after he said the government spends up to N1 million to treat a COVID-19 patient who is in a critical condition.

Government expenditures on COVID-19 have remained a sore point for Nigerians largely because of the lack of transparency in the spendings.

This newspaper gathered some reactions on twitter to Governor El-Rufai’s claim below:

Pls covid-19 is a global pandemic, since we treat 1 patient with as much as N400,000, abeg, all of us for naija get the covid-19, share our own N400,000 give us. Which kain nonsense be this.

According to Law O
Is it the same Nigerian youths that are more interested in Big Brother than what is going on in the Country? Have you not noticed that this Government enacts new bizarre policies or increment in prices usually during the Big Brother season?

According to Mind 'n' Pen
Mr El-Rufai is simply telling us that Kaduna State has spent more than 880m naira on covid-19 patients...


According to Mr Bello
Lagos said 1m and Kaduna state says 400k. Why don't we wait for the exaggerated amount of other states? 😁

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