•Facilities include healing garden, organ transplants operating room
•To cater for President, VP, their immediate families, VIPs, others
Deji Elumoye in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari would tomorrow inaugurate the state-of-the-art Presidential/VIP Wing of State House Medical Centre in Abuja.
The inauguration of the N21 billion facility, according to a statement yesterday, by State House Director of Information, Mr. Abiodun Oladunjoye, was a demonstration of the president’s commitment to advancing healthcare management in the country.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Buhari, accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Tijjani Umar, would embark on a guided tour of the hospital.
According to the Permanent Secretary: “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.
“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 which will co-exist with the State House Medical Centre, located in Asokoro, Abuja 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.
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 specialised 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 specialised 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 Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath lab), two operating rooms for regular procedures, and special procedures such as organ transplants.