Lagos says it spends between N100k to N1m on each COVID-19 patient daily

Lagos says it spends between N100k to N1m on each COVID-19 patient daily

- Lagos state government has disclosed that it spends between N100,000 and N1m daily to treat each coronavirus patient in the state

- Professor Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health, made the disclosure during a briefing on COVID-19

- Abayomi, however, pointed out that the figures he provided were a rough estimate

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Lagos state government has disclosed that it spends between N100,000 and N1m daily to treat each coronavirus patient in the state.

Professor Akin Abayomi, the commissioner for health, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23, during a briefing on COVID-19, The Guardian reported.

Lagos says it spends between N100k and N1m on each COVID-19 patient daily

The Lagos state government has given a daily estimate of the amount it spends to treat each coronavirus patient. Photo credits: Akin Abayomi
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He explained that it costs the government an averagely of N100,000 daily to treat each patient with mild cases of the disease while serious or intensive COVID-19 cases cost the state government about N500,000 and N1m to treat a patient.

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Abayomi however pointed out that the figures he provided were a rough estimate which included the cost of treatment, feeding, accommodation, and the services provided by the healthcare givers among others.

He noted that it is very difficult to calculate what it costs the state government to treat a COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed that it will disburse N100 million each to the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to boost their response against COVID-19.

The minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23, during the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing.

He said the funds will be made available to the states through the Regional Diseases Surveillance Enhancement (REDISSE) Project.

The minister explained that REDISSE Project was initiated by the World Bank to cover all countries in the ECOWAS sub-region as a consequence of the 2014‒2015 West Africa Ebola crisis.

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In another report, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has revealed what causes the delay in the release of the COVID-19 laboratory test results.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the NCDC, at the briefing of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Thursday, July 16, said the major factor affecting the delay is the process of the test and getting the results from the laboratory to the patient

The agency boss went on to note that NCDC has been working on a new platform so that individuals can check their results themselves, adding that the online portal is almost ready.

Ihekweazu while saying that though most people get their results on time, the NCDC is working hard to reduce the result transmission period.

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