The Bauchi state government says it spends N4,500 every day on the meals of each COVID-19 patient admitted to its isolation centres.
Rilwanu Mohammed, the executive chairman of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA), confirmed this in an interview with NAN.
The chairman said Bala Mohammad, governor of the state, authorised the amount to ascertain that COVID-19 patients in the state were all given healthy food.
Mr Mohammed, who is also the chairman, contact tracing committee on COVID-19 in the state, made it known that the governor instructed the officials to ensure that the patients feel at home in the isolation centres.
“It was the state governor that ordered us that we should put N1,500 per single meal in a day,” he said.
“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.”
The chairman also disclosed that he has received calls from healthy persons who intend to be admitted to the isolation centres because of the “good treatment” patients receive at the isolation centres.
He implored residents to always stick to all the preventive measures as advised by the government and health authorities in order to curb the spread of the virus.
“Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted in 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.”
As of Saturday evening, Bauchi currently has 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19, out of which 164 had been discharged after recovering from the virus.
The state has also recorded five deaths from the disease and there are now 63 active cases.