First Lady, Aisha Buhari has stated that Nigerian presidents are no longer required to travel abroad for medical care.
She made this statement when President Muhammadu Buhari dedicated the brand-new Presidential/VIP Wing of the State House Medical Centre, which is situated inside the grounds of the Presidential Villa in Abuja and cost N21 billion.
The First Lady claimed the hospital will eliminate the need for the president and his family to travel abroad for medical care in remarks to State House reporters following the president’s cutting of the tape and completion of a tour of the facility.
Mrs. Buhari claimed that after her husband’s prolonged stay overseas for medical treatment, she decided to carry out the project six years ago.
She said that with the facility in place, Nigerian presidents and their family members would no longer need to go abroad for treatment but may only fly medical experts to assist their colleagues in the country.
Asked about her impression of the new medical centre, Mrs Buhari said, “I am quite happy and feel fulfilled. Although we are leaving, we thank God that the project has come to reality.
“I initiated this project six years ago when my husband spent three months abroad consecutively. We have all the experts in Nigeria, we only need a good platform.”
While speaking, President Buhari said the new state-of-the-art Presidential/VIP Wing of the State House Medical Centre in Abuja would boost health infrastructure in the country by far, and called for the judicious use of the facility to maximise its benefits.