Lagos State Government on Thursday said it spends between N500,000 and N1 million to cater for a severe Covid-19 patient daily at its isolation centres.Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi disclosed this at a briefing to give update of Covid-19 in the state, held in Alausa, Ikeja.
According to him, to treat a patient who had mild case of Coronavirus cost the government around N100,000 daily.
He stated that for moderate and severe cases, it costs the government between N500,000 and N1 million to cater for a patient on daily basis.
Abayomi, however, said it is very difficult to calculate what is cost the state government to treat a Covid-19 patient, but that what he provided was a rough estimate.
According to him, in arriving at the cost he provided, he factored in the treatment, cost of feeding, accommodation, the services provided by the healthcare givers, among others.
Abayomi also said the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) Kits for Covid-19 testing in Lagos was illegal as it had not been validated, explaining that RDT kits had a very high risk of giving false positive or negative results which could be traumatizing for citizens.
“In the event that a false positive result is given, a potentially negative person will be subjected to trauma, isolation and treatment like a positive patient”
“And in the event that a false negative is given, a potentially positive person is allowed to continue to roam freely in the community regardless of his positive status and as a result of the above, the use of RDT kits is illegal until Lagos State can validate RDT kits that actually work,” he stated.
The Commissioner explained that the State Government had considered the use of Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) Kits as part of the strategies to expand its testing capacity but noted however that none of the RDT kits submitted for validation passed the validation test.