COVID-19: Bauchi Spends Over N60million Per Month

COVID-19: Bauchi Spends Over N60million Per Month

AREWA AGENDA – State Governor Bala Mohammed has revealed that his administration spends more than N15 million weekly, amounting to over N60 million per month, to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Mohammed made this known yesterday while commissioning the state’s molecular test centre at the Bauchi State Specialist Hospital.

According to him, the money is used for healthcare workers’ allowance, contact tracing, surveillance, case management, risk communication, logistics and supply, infection prevention and coordination. He said the laboratory was set up under a partnership with the state government, North East Development Commission (NEDC) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“The state provided funding for the construction of the building, procurement of furniture, power supply and staff, while NEDC procured and installed PCL and other machines in addition to two ambulances, personal protective equipment (PPE), consumables and other support implement,” he added.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, said since March this year, the state had tested 3,459 samples with 500 turning positive and 439 fully recovered and discharged, while 49 cases were undergoing treatment.

“The state recorded a total of 12 deaths (mostly among patients with comorbidity) with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 2.4 per cent currently and with increasing community transmission, we are going into community mass testing and contact,” he added.

Since March 24, when the Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, became the index case, the state has recorded 500 confirmed cases out of which 439, including the governor, have been discharged and 12 people have died.

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