Nigeria: Buhari to unveil Presidential Medical Centre Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday, May 19, inaugurate the Presidential/VIP Wing of State House Medical Centre, Abuja.

According to a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, on Wednesday, “Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, President Buhari, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Tijjani Umar, will embark on a guided tour of the hospital,”

It stated that guests invited to the inauguration ceremony are expected to be seated by 9:00 a.m.

The project spanning a total floor area of 2,485 square metres on a suspended floor with a basement, the hospital, which serves as a specialised Intensive Care Centre, will cater for the President, Vice President, their immediate families and VIPs.

Situated within the premises of the Presidential Villa, the ground-breaking ceremony was conducted by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on November 1, 2021.

“The Presidential/VIP Wing houses several specialised departments, to be staffed by a team of medical professionals, featuring five consultation rooms dedicated to various specialities, including respiratory, cardiology, ophthalmology, ENT, and general consultation.

“Additionally, the hospital has a specialised X-ray suite equipped with a digital X-ray machine as well as a diagnostic suite encompassing MRI, CT scan, and endoscopy facilities.

“Patients and visitors can enjoy access to a Healing Garden, designed to foster healing, relaxation, and enhancement of overall well-being,” the State House says.

With a total cost amounting to N21bn, the VIP Wing also showcases a Catheterisation Laboratory, two operating rooms for regular procedures, and special procedures such as organ transplants.

Reacting to the development, the State House Permanent Secretary, Umar, said, “We are excited that Mr. President has kindly consented to inaugurate this legacy and transformative project on the cusp of the completion of his two-term tenure as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

He added that, “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, 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 workshop and the Modern Fleet Management hub will be commissioned next week.”