Coronavirus: Bauchi government spends N1,500 per meal on patient

Coronavirus: Bauchi government spends N1,500 per meal on patient

- Coronavirus patients are being fed with 4500 daily

- The government says the idea was to make sure that they feel more at home and avoid a replica protest or revolt

- Going further, the government says people are begging to be admitted to the isolation centre

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Bauchi State Primary HealthCare Development Agency (PHCDA) has revealed that covid-19 patients in the state are being treated like kings.

According says to Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of the agency, the state government spends N1,500 per single meal for COVID-19 patients on admission in the state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said the state governor, Bala Mohammad gave the directives in order to ensure that all the COVID-19 patients in the state were well fed.

“It was the state governor that ordered us that we should put N1,500 per single meal in a day.

“That is, N1,500 meal during breakfast, the same amount for lunch as well as dinner because he doesn’t want anybody in isolation to suffer or complain so that we won’t have any riot like in some other states.

“This brings the total amount of money on meal per day to N4,500 on a single patient,” Mohammed said.

Going further, the PHCDA boss said some people were calling to be taken to an isolation centre even though they were hale and hearty.

“Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted in isolation centre.

“One of them was from Giade local government area of the state and because we recently discharged a lot of people from that area, obviously they had given them information on how they were taken care of.

“All these people were pleading with me to come and pick them up and take them to an isolation centre, they said they wanted to enjoy the chicken, eggs, fried potatoes and all the goodies our patients are having while in isolation,” he said.

Meanwhile, had reported that the Lagos state government on Thursday, May 21, disclosed that it has spent N640 million on COVID-19 tests.

Akin Abayomi, the state commissioner for health made the disclosure when giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Lagos.

He said the state spends between N40,000 and N50,000 per test and has tested 16,000 people so far.

The commissioner pointed out that the COVID-19 tests performed in Lagos was is much higher than anywhere else in Nigeria.

Abayomi said the state is planning to increase the number of tests to about a thousand per day.

He said the state government was providing COVID-19 tests free of charge for now.

Abayomi noted that Lagos residents who have suspected symptoms of COVID-19 can get tested at any of the four laboratories that carry out tests for the virus.

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