The Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency says many residents of the state are desperate to be admitted to the isolation center after they heard about the “sumptuous meals” available for COVID-19 patients.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this when he spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Sunday.

The people seeking admission to the facility do not have the virus, the agency said.

According to the agency, 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.

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.

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