The Lagos government on Thursday, July 23, revealed that the Sanwo-Olu administration is spending a huge amount of money to treat COVID-19 patients and maintain isolation facilities in the state.
This was also contained in a statement issued by the state Health Commissioner, Professor Akin Abayomi, at a press briefing, where he hinted that it cost the government per day between N500,000 to N1 million to treat a single COVID-19 patient requiring intensive care.
On the average for patients with mild coronavirus cases, the government said it usually spends N100,000 per day to treat each patient.
“To treat mild to moderate case-patients in our isolation centre is somewhere in the region of N100,000 per day.
“That gives you an idea of the amount of money the government is spending on COVID-19 isolation facilities and COVID-19 care.”
“If you require high care or intensive care, that amount can go up to anything from N500, 000 to even a million naira per day; depending on the complications of the case.
“Do you need ventilation; dialysis; intravenous antibiotics; every case is different, so it is difficult to calculate exactly how much a patient in high care or intensive care would cost,” Abayomi said.
Lagos State has remained the epicentre of the dreaded virus in Nigeria; recording almost half of the total number of cases in the entire country.
An update released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday night, meanwhile, put the total number of cases for the virus in Nigeria at 38,948.
Meanwhile, the Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) on Wednesday, July 22; warned against the Federal Government against the reopening of schools; stressing that COVID-19 is still on the rise.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, PAN cautioned against the reopening of schools; as the COVID-19 virus due to the upward spike of the virus in the country; with no scientifically reliable vaccine available to treat patients.
The statement was signed by the President, Prof. Edward Alikor, as well as the Secretary, Dr. Petronila Tabansi.
“As a professional association whose fundamental objective is to ‘actively seek the well-being of children; and ensure that their right to quality health care is protected;’ Paediatric Association of Nigeria views it as a professional responsibility to publicly express its opinion in the ongoing national discourse.”