The Kaduna state Governor Mallam, Nasir El- Rufai, has applauded his state’s success rate in fighting COVID-19.
El-Rufai disclosed this during an executive committee meeting with traditional rulers from the nineteen northern States. The focus of the meeting, which was chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, 111 was to discuss the security and socio-economic challenges confronting the region particularly in the southern part of the state.
El-Rufai said, “We have a very high success rate in treating COVID-19 patients. Even a 90-year-old person with underlying conditions, diabetes and hypertension was treated successfully in the state.
“The virus has not left us. We may ignore it, but it is still there. We urge you to sensitise our people to protect themselves against this virus, particularly those that are above the age of 60.
“It costs about N400,000 to treat one Coronavirus patient. They have to be isolated and fed. The cost of medicine has increased, even the personal protective equipment that the doctors treating them have to wear. When you add all this up, the average cost of treatment is over N400,000 per person. We have to bear the cost.”
He also called on northern traditional rulers to be at the forefront of campaigns to avoid the spread of the coronavirus in the region, emphasizing that the cost of treating COVID-19 patients is very expensive.