We spend N1m daily to treat each COVID-19 patient with severe illness – Lagos Health Commissioner

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, said the government spends between N500,000 and N1 million daily to treat a COVID-19 patient in critical condition.

Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, Abayomi said the cost of managing a patient depends on factors such as being mild, moderate or severe.

The Commissioner said up to N100,000 can be spent on a patient with mild symptoms  daily.

“To treat mild to moderate case patients in our isolation centre is somewhere in the region of N100,000 per day,” Abayomi said.

“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. We are working on the rate and we would make it available when it’s ready.”

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