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Every COVID-19 patient’s treatment costs N400,000 – El-Rufai

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KADUNA State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has called on northern traditional rulers to remain resolute in championing campaigns to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic in the region, stressing that the cost of treating   COVID-19 patients is very expensive.

  The governor who disclosed this yesterday during the state’s executive committee meeting of the traditional rulers chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, noted that it costs about N400,000 to treat one COVID-19 patient.

  According to El-Rufai, “the traditional rulers have critical roles to play in ensuring that people at the grassroots adhere to government’s directives as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus and other diseases.”

  The Kaduna State governor acknowledged that treating the infected is digging a big hole in the government’s coffers.

  He, however, said that the challenges in the treatment of the pandemic make it imperative that people desist from activities that will promote the spread of the virus in the northern region and the country at large.

  It will be recalled that traditional rulers from the nineteen northern states met in Kaduna yesterday to discuss the security and socio-economic challenges confronting the region, particularly in the southern part of the state.

  In the meeting chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the monarch while describing the killings in Southern Kaduna as total madness, said the time has come for all stakeholders including government and traditional rulers to rise up and find solutions to the lingering crises.

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