Medical director, State House Clinic, Dr Munir Yakasai, has said a molecular laboratory to test for coronavirus at the clinic will be activated by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) before the end of the month.
He disclosed this at a send-off dinner in honour of the retired immediate past head of Nursing Department, State House Clinic, Habiba Ahmed, and some outgoing corps members, who served in the clinic.
According to a statement by deputy director (Information, Media & Publicity) at the State House, Abiodun Oladunjoye, the medical director said the laboratory, which increases the number of NCDC approved molecular laboratories in the country, would also handle urological investigations, among others.
He commended the permanent secretary for prioritising the repositioning of State House Clinic for effective service delivery.
‘‘We now have a Special Care centre; the Dental wing which was moribund for over 10 years has been completed and now functional, drugs are available and staff welfare has greatly improved,’’ he said.
State House permanent secretary, Tijjani Umar, recommended four members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for the director-general’s Community Development Service Award.
Umar lauded the contributions of the outgoing and serving corps members posted to the State House Clinic in maintaining essential health services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He noted that the corps members were at the frontline of implementing measures to limit the spread of coronavirus as well as reducing public health risk to workers and visitors to the Presidential Villa.
He, therefore, announced that in appreciation of the exemplary work done by some of the corps members, the State House management will officially recommend them for the Director-General’s award. Relishing his experiences as a corps member in 1985/86 in Ilorin, Kwara State, the permanent secretary recounted that he had a satisfying experience serving his fatherland.
He told the corps members that the one-year NYSC programme shaped his understanding of the nation, its diversity and potential.
‘‘I loved the service. My first encounter at the orientation camp which I enjoyed was serving as a member of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) brigade. President Buhari was then the military Head of State.
‘‘I was also a member of the quarter guard in camp and I loved everything that we did. We also received N90 bicycle allowance at that time,’’ he said.
He thanked the outgoing and serving corps members in the State House for serving the nation with respect and dignity.
He urged those still serving to always take pride in having the opportunity to serve the nation, contributing positively in their places of primary assignment.
The permanent secretary later presented gifts to some corps member including Dr Godfrey Okpe, Dr Idris Keji, Chukwueloka Maduegbuna, Abbas Hassan Bala, Casmir Nwachukwu ( Nominee for DG’s Award), Samuel Iko Ojo ( Nominee for DG’s Award), , Muhammad Ma’aji ( Nominee for DG’s Award), and Onwumah Onyelukachukwu ( Nominee for DG’s Award) .
Also speaking, the immediate past Head of the Nursing department thanked the Permanent Secretary and State House staff for the honour accorded her on retirement.