It costs over N400,000 to treat one CORONA VIRUS patient – Governor El-Rufai

Nasir el-Rufai who is currently the Governor of Kaduna State says it costs about N400,000 to treat just one patient suffering from the deadly disease, Corona Virus.

While making a speech on Monday, 7th 2020, during an executive committee meeting with traditional rulers chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, the governor pointed out the amount is due to increasing cost of drugs, feeding, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors.

El-Rufai further added the government cannot tell patients to take care of the cost of the treatment as it will lead to further spread of the disease if they had left them to do so.

“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.”

In March, el-Rufai contracted COVID-19, but he recovered after nearly four weeks.

Check HERE to follow on daily case record of Covid-19 in Nigeria.

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