Kwara expends 1.5 billion naira on COVID-19 in 3 months

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The Kwara State government has disclosed that it has spent over 1.5 billion naira in the battle against the novel coronavirus disease so far.

The Ravens gathered that this amount was spent on palliatives, medical equipment, renovation of health centres and other logistics.

“A total of N1,569,107,944.70 has so far been expended on the pandemic between April 1 and June 29,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman to the governor said in a statement.

He continued: “The breakdowns are running (cost) of the activities of the technical committee (N132,931,510); medical supplies and equipment (N713,480,100.90); palliatives (N525,277,030.00); COVID-related renovation works N149,928,753.80; and security, health workers’ allowances and logistics (N47,490,550.00).

“These expenses covered the purchase of military grade Toyota Land Cruiser Ambulances; automated ventilators and several other Intensive Care Unit (ICU) gadgets/equipment; production of hand sanitizers; and the cost of running the activities of the technical committee and its subcommittees.

“The expenses also included the cost of the palliatives that were distributed during the lockdown; renovation of the Sobi Specialist Hospital and the Hajj Camp; mass production of face masks, purchase of surgical masks, digital thermometers, N95 and respirator-sperien 5311, and other Personal Protective Equipment; medical supplies and consumables; security expenses; trainings; allowances for medical personnel and other supportive staff in charge of the pandemic; part-renovation of the Offa General Hospital as an isolation centre; and patients’ management, among others.”

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