State House clinic gets COVID-19 isolation centre

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The State House Clinic Special Care Centre, COVID-19 Isolation Centre has been opened.

Also, a COVID-19 testing laboratory is expected to be established at the clinic.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) Chairman, Boss Mustapha made the announcement on Tuesday.

Speaking at the commissioning, Mustapha said the Buhari administration was using the challenges posed by the pandemic as an opportunity to change Nigeria’s health sector.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for approving resources for the new health infrastructure.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation said through the PTF, the 2021 budget made provision for the establishment of at least one oxygen production plant in all states and a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility.

The SGF noted that from two molecular laboratories for the testing of COVID-19 in Nigeria, Nigeria now has over 100 molecular laboratories, public and private nationwide.

‘‘I want to commend the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Tijjani Umar and the State House management under whose leadership this beautiful edifice is being commissioned.

‘‘I am confident that when the Minister of Health visits, whatever he decides, I can give you my word that we will put a laboratory for testing or a PCR facility in the State House Clinic. This is supposed to be our priority.

‘‘I will also speak to the Director-General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, who has the primary responsibility of resourcing, setting up and accrediting laboratories because we need it here,” he said.

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