Coronavirus: We spend N4,500 daily on meal for each COVID-19 patient – Bauchi govt

The Bauchi State government has disclosed how much it spent on feeding each COVID-19 patient admitted into isolation centres in the state.
Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA), disclosed that N4,500 was spent daily to feed patients admitted to the state’s isolation centres.
Speaking with NAN, Mohammed revealed that the state Governor, Bala Mohammad, had approved the amount to ensure that COVID-19 patients in the state were well fed.
Mohammed, who is also the chairman, contact tracing committee on COVID-19 in Bauchi, said, “It was the state government that ordered us to put N1,500 per single meal in a day.
“That is, N1,500 meal during breakfast, the same amount for lunch as well as dinner because he doesn’t want anybody in isolation to suffer or complain so that we won’t have any riot like in some other states.
“This brings the total amount of money on meal per day to N4,500 on a single patient.”
Mohammed said he has received calls from healthy persons who want to be admitted to the isolation centres because of the “good treatment” given to the patients.
“Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted into the isolation centre,” he said.
“One of them was from Giade Local Government Area of the state and because we recently discharged a lot of people from that area, obviously they had given them information on how they were taken care of.
“All these people were pleading with me to come and pick them up and take them to an isolation centre, they said they wanted to enjoy the chicken, eggs, fried potatoes and all the goodies our patients are having while in isolation.”
Bauchi has recorded 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 164 had been discharged after recovering, according to available data on Saturday.

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