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Buhari to inaugurate Presidential VIP Clinic

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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has inaugurated four new projects at the State House Clinic, Abuja, on Thursday.

The clinic will soon be inaugurated by President MuhammaduBuhari.

The affected projects included a biosafety Level 2 Molecular Laboratory, certified by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)  and a medium capacity incinerator donated by the Ecological Project Office, Office of the SGF.

The Dental Wing Extension Building and a block of 2-bedroom flats at the Staff Quarters of the Clinic were also inaugurated by the SGF.

In his remarks at the event, Mustapha described the projects as being amongst the front-burner initiatives of the Buhari administration towards the provision of excellent healthcare services to Nigerians.

According to him, the projects will collectively help to build a State House Clinic that is people-centred and technology driven, delivering services and motivating the workforce towards addressing some of the healthcare service delivery challenges.

He commended Tijjani Umar, the Permanent Secretary, State House, for the completion and inauguration  of the projects, and his tireless efforts to raise service delivery standards, not only in the Clinic, but in the State House in general.

The SGF particularly lauded Umar, who assumed duty in State House in 2020, for completing the Dental Wing Extension, which had been left uncompleted since 2013, and also embarking on other important projects in spite of the paucity of funds.

‘‘This building’s unique importance lies in the bold statement about the current administration’s commitment to excellence and ensuring that facilities in the State House Clinic are comparable to the best around the world,’’ he said.

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On the molecular laboratory, Mustapha said that Nigeria had improved on its molecular diagnostic capacity, building over 200 laboratories across the country, compared with only two such facilities that existed in the pre-COVID-19 era.

On the ongoing construction of the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic, Mustapha assured that the project would be delivered on schedule before the end of Buhari administration.

The Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic is designed to be a one-stop shop Medicare services for the President, the Vice-President and their families as well as other high-level dignitaries.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, thanked the SGF for single-handedly facilitating the Molecular Laboratory Project by NCDC and ensuring the donation of a fit for purpose medical incinerator to assist in the disposal of medical waste.

While underscoring the importance of medium capacity incinerator, Umar said:

” This donation was almost fortuitous as the existing low-capacity incinerators in the Clinic had seen better days and were continuously breaking down when they were required most.’’

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