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COVID-19: Lagos spends between N500,000 – N1m daily per patient

…. We have 2,036 confirmed COVID-19 patients on the streets yet to be isolated- LASG

By Amidu Arije

The Lagos State Government has said it cost between N100,000 and N1m daily to care for each of the COVID-19 patients in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, disclosed this at a media briefing on Thursday.

Explaining the cost, Abayomi stated that, cost varies depending on the state of the case of each patient. For mild and moderate cases, the state government spends averagely about N100,000 daily.

Abayomi, disclosed further that it costs the state government about N500,000 and N1m, to treat a patient with a serious case.

The Commissioner, however, said it is very difficult to calculate and get accurate what it costs the state government to treat a COVID-19 patient per day, but what he provided was a rough estimate.

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

Abayomi also revealed that “About 2,036 #COVID19 cases have been confirmed in Lagos within the past two weeks but have not been picked up from the community to the Isolation centre for various reasons including preference for home treatment and wrong information”.

“Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits have very high high risks of giving positive or negative results. As a result RDT kits is illegal in Lagos”.

“In the next couple of days we will formally activate the home based care program for asymptomatic #COVID19 cases. We will manage the asymptomatic cases through @EkoTeleMed”.

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