The clinic at Nigeria’s seat of power does not have the commonest of medications, paracetamol, reports says.
And cotton wool? The patient has to buy from outside. Syringes? Not available. X-ray? Sorry, the machine is out of order. Ambulance? Well, if the patient can buy the fuel.
According to TheCable, This is the sorry story of the State House Medical Centre, better known as “Aso Villa Clinic” — for which over N3 billion was budgeted in 2016 and N331 million in 2017.
The facility was established to cater to the medical needs of the president, the vice president, their families and presidential aides. It is supposed to be the first port of call in the case of a health emergency.
According to information on the state house website, the medical centre is also a training facility for house officers and other medical personnel.
The centre functions through specialised departments: peadiatrics, lab medicine, medicine, and obstetric and gyneacology.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in the UK where he is receiving medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The BBC listed him as one of the African presidents who have “apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home”.
Despite the inadequacies, TheCable understands that patients still get good consultations at Aso Villa Clinic.
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