Lagos govt announces daily spending of up to N1m per patient on COVID-19

The Government of Lagos State has made it known that it spends between N100,000 and N1m daily on each of the COVID-19 patients in the state.

Professor Akin Abayomi, the Commissioner for Health, revealed this at a media briefing on Thursday.

While explaining further, Abayomi said that for mild and moderate cases, the state government spends averagely about N100,000 daily.

According to him, it costs the state government about N500,000 and N1m, to treat a patient with a serious case.

 He said it would be very difficult to calculate what it costs the state government to treat a COVID-19 patient, but what he provided was a rough estimate.

Abayomi clarified that the cost he arrived at, factored in treatment, cost of feeding, accommodation and the services provided by the healthcare givers, etc.

He also revealed that about 2,036 COVID-19 patients have not been picked from the community in the last two weeks, due to preference for home treatment, logistic issues, wrong information provided in their forms and inability to reach such patients because their phones were switched off.

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