- The presidency has limited the public's access to State House clinic
- Tijjani Umar, the permanent secretary, State House, said this decision had to be taken
- Umar said that the management would trim the number of unentitled people who are bringing constraints to the clinic
The presidency on Thursday, July 23, said it has concluded plans to scale down the number of persons authorised to access medical services at its Asokoro facility located in Abuja.
Leadership reports that the permanent secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, disclosed this on Thursday, July 23, at the opening of a two-day workshop on service improvement in the hospital.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the dwindling resources due to lean budgetary allocation to the facility had made the decision inevitable.
Umar noted that the clinic was established to provide healthcare services to the president and vice president, as well as their families and members of staff working in the Presidential Villa, but now caters for about 32,000 patients.
According to Umar, this is not sustainable.
He further explained that they were determined to eliminate those he described as “hangers-on” and extend services to only those who are officially entitled to access healthcare services in the facility.
Umar said that after a meeting of stakeholders it was agreed on the necessity to bring back the clinic to its original status of efficient services to those who are entitled to access the facility.
He said that the management would trim the number of unentitled people, adding that unentitled people are bringing constraints to the clinic.
Umar noted that the clinic used to be a yardstick for performance measurement in the medical system and pride of the highly trained and experienced personnel working there.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari told ministers and all heads of departments and agencies that he would not tolerate them disrespecting the National Assembly.
It was reported that the Nigerian president made the statement on Thursday evening, July 16, shortly after he emerged from a meeting with Senate president, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at the State House, Aso Villa.
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