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 seen by PREMIUM TIMES, 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, although Mr El-Rufai’s estimate appears to indicate that his state spends approximately N29,000 per day on patients who receive 14-day medical care.
That is far lower than the cost estimate provided by Lagos in July.
On July 24, the Lagos state government triggered a public outcry after it said the government spends between N500,000 and to N1 million a day to treat COVID-19 patients in critical conditions. It also said non-complicated admissions cost around N100,000 per day.
That means that for critical cases, Lagos may be spending between seven and fourteen million in handling each critical case on 14-day admission. Non-complicated cases may be costing the state at least N1.4million for 14-day admission.
Government expenditures on COVID-19 have remained a sore point for Nigerians largely because of the lack of transparency in the spendings.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered some reactions to Mr El-Rufai’s claim below:
The real drama behind the Index is finally dancing Azonto in the market square.
We have heard of LASG and now KDSG….more States expenditures loading without any modern Hospitals to cope future epidemic ati pandemic.
We are one of a kind on Earth. SMH
— Alagba Ken (@AlagbaKenneth) September 8, 2020
And it applies to all patients both severe(complications and other illnesses) and mild.
A country that cannot give a breakdown, everything is Fixed price. I was expecting in dollars though in a naira economy. Bless the federal republic of Nigeria .
— Mc_Matj (@mc_matj) September 8, 2020
We would have no reason to doubt him if only he could account for what the 400million was spent on. I'm certain this same person would demand for the nitty-gritty of all expenses made by his employees
— Ore (@ore_daniels) September 8, 2020
Now we see and know the reason for the number of cases recorded and still recording…..
Nigeria should win Oscar for best drama producing country!
— Mind 'n' Pen (@MindnPen) September 8, 2020
Really ? Could that be the reason States were competing for number of positive cases? 400k per a patient. That means it will stay longer like Poliomyelitis. Soon first ladies will start floating NGO for Covid- 19. Chai ! Diaris God oooo!
— Emma. (@emmajohn316) September 8, 2020
The problem is thaf these leaders don't ask question when thwy bring adulterated bills. I have been to some of these so call covid centers. And i see nothing that cost so much. You guys are just cashing in with this covid. We know how much u pay the health works & cost of PPE.
— Charles_Chizu (@charleschizu) September 8, 2020
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.
— AMADI CHIBUIKE (@MADCHRISKING) September 8, 2020
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?
— Law O (@drlaw4u2) September 8, 2020
Mr El-Rufai is simply telling us that Kaduna State has spent more than 880m naira on covid-19 patients…
— Mind 'n' Pen (@MindnPen) September 8, 2020
I wonder how much the vaccine or cure will eventually cost. We have entered once chance already.
— pearlandemeraldhomes (@mankind4real83) September 8, 2020
I can only bliv it if the air they were breathing at the time of treatment was monitized. U guys should be fearing God small oh, bçós the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.,.. may God be with u all.
— oguguo chizoba (@tcheezzy) September 8, 2020
Sha not surprised
If we can not give acct on the studnt dey feeding during the lockdown then what is mare 400k
— Smallz (@Smallz85149742) September 8, 2020
Can This man explain to us, where they got those drugs from? My instincts tell me, they got those drop from Angel Gabriel
— okafor chinedu (@chiokafor30) September 8, 2020
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