We Spend N1m Daily On Each COVID-19 Patient With Severe Illness — Lagos Government
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, has said that the government spends up to N1m daily on each COVID-19 patient in critical condition.
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Abayomi said the state may experience the peak of Coronavirus by August.
According to him, the government spends averagely about N100,000 daily to treat a mild patient while it costs about N500,000 to N1,000,000 to treat a patient with a serious case.
“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.”
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Lagos currently has 13,806 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.