Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency says many residents of the state are desperate to be admitted to the isolation centre after they heard about the “sumptuous meals” available for COVID-19 patients.
The people seeking admission to the facility do not have the virus, the agency said.
The agency added that the state government spends N1,500 per single meal for COVID-19 patients on admission in the state.
The meals comprised chicken, eggs, and fried potatoes, among others, the agency said.
Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi on Sunday.
The state’s COVID-19 toll is 232.
Mohammed, who is also the Chairman, Contact Tracing Committee on COVID-19 in the state, said the Governor Bala Mohammad gave the directives in order to ensure that all the COVID-19 patients in the state were well fed.
He said the idea was to make sure that they feel more at home and avoid a replica protest or revolt by COVID-19 patients in some other states.
“It was the state governor that ordered us that we should put N1,500 per single meal in a day.
“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,” Mohammed said.
Recounting phone conversations with some members of the public, the PHCDA boss said, having heard about the sumptuous treatment received by COVID-19 patients, some people were calling to be taken to an isolation centre even though they were hale and hearty.
“Recently, three people called me and they were asking that they wanted to be admitted in isolation centre.
“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,” he said.
Mohammed further urged the people of the state to always adhere to all the preventive measures as advised by the government and health experts in order to contain spread of the virus.
NAN reports that the state, as of Sunday, May 24, had 232 confirmed cases of COVID-19; 164 had been discharged so far, five deaths, with 63 active cases. (NAN).
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