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Week To Handing Over, President Buhari To Inaugurate N21billion State House Medical Centre He Never Used

May 17, 2023

The Presidency announced on Wednesday that the facility would be inaugurated on Friday, May 19.


With 10 days to leaving the presidential residence, President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday inaugurate the reconstructed State House Medical Centre which gulped N21billion.
The Presidency announced on Wednesday that the facility would be inaugurated on Friday, May 19.
In the State House Press Release, the Presidency stated that inauguration of what it tagged "state-of-the-art Presidential/VIP Wing of State House Medical Centre, Abuja" on May 19 was a demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to advancing healthcare management in the country.
It stated that the legacy project, situated within the premises of the Presidential Villa, had its ground-breaking ceremony conducted by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, on November 1, 2021.
“Spanning an impressive total floor area of 2,485 square meter on a suspended floor with a basement, the hospital, which serves as a specialised Intensive Care Centre, caters for the President, Vice President, their immediate families and VIPs; incorporates state-of-the-art medical technology.
“The Presidential/VIP Wing houses several specialized departments, to be staffed by a team of medical professionals, featuring five consultation rooms dedicated to various specialties, including respiratory, cardiology, ophthalmology, ENT, and general consultation.
“Additionally, the hospital has a specialized X-ray suite equipped with a digital X-ray machine as well as a diagnostic suite encompassing MRI, CT scan, and endoscopy facilities.
“Moreover, patients and visitors can enjoy access to a Healing Garden, designed to foster healing, relaxation, and enhancement of overall well-being.
“With a total cost amounting to N21 billion, completed well on schedule and on budget, the VIP Wing also showcases a Catheterization Laboratory (Cath lab), two operating rooms for regular procedures, and special procedures such as organ transplants,” the release said.
"Since the inception of this project in 2021, the State House Management has successfully completed several projects including a Special Care Centre, Biosafety Level 2 Molecular Laboratory, certified by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), a medium capacity incinerator and the Dental Wing Extension Building at the State House Medical Centre, Asokoro, a block of 2-bedroom flats at the Staff Quarters of the Medical Centre, as well as a 54-seater State House Multi-Purpose Training Centre at the Auditorium.
‘‘The Conference Car Unit (CCU) workshop and the Modern Fleet Management hub will be commissioned next week,’’ he added.
The Presidential/VIP Wing will coexist with the State House Medical Centre, located in Asokoro, Abuja. The medical facility remains committed to providing accessible, well-equipped, and rejuvenated healthcare services, catering to the diverse needs of patients through a range of comprehensive medical treatments."
SaharaReporters had reported that Buhari on March 22, 2023 approved the re-designation of the State House Clinic back to the Medical Centre.
Permanent Secretary of State House, Tijjani Umar, had disclosed this after a pre-commissioning inspection of the new Presidential (VIP) Wing of the State House Medical Centre.
"Now, with the improvement in the problem areas and the addition of the new VIP Wing with state-of-the-art facilities, we can no longer operate as a Clinic. It is now to operate as State House Medical Centre,” Umar said.