President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Monday 14 March 2016 visited the National Assembly Clinic located in Area 11, Abuja and promised members of staff that the present National Assembly Will provide all the necessary support that will put the health institution in a position to offer world class medicare for the over 6000 staff and members of the National Assembly.
He said the plan is to ensure that the clinic is well equipped and staffed to an extent that it can extend its services to members of the public as part of efforts to further enhance the community relations efforts of the federal legislature.
The Senate President who was received at the Clinic by Director Medical Service, Dr Hamza Bashiru and the Permanent Secretary, Common Services Directorate, National Assembly Dr. Eme Moma-Efretuei said it was obvious the clinic needs to be further upgraded to fulfill the objective behind establishing it.
The National Assembly Extension Clinic was established in 2009 to provide a 24 hour medical service for legislators, staff of the two bicameral arms of the National Assembly, legislative aides and their family members as well as visitors that might need medical treatment while on the premises of the National Assembly Complex.
The National Assembly Annex Clinic has a 20 – Bed Capacity for in-patient, takes up to 100 outpatients a week and it is equipped with a pharmacy, theater room for surgery, dental, antenatal and gyneacology units with the recent addition of an emergency wing which was just established.
Dr. Bukola Saraki was shown round the premises of the clinic and he interacted with the medical personnel some of who stated that the clinic, at the moment lacked the necessary equipment to function at full capacity.
The medical staff pointed out that the current building housing the clinic is a rented facility. They further requested for the support of the leadership of the 8thNational Assembly in ensuring the move to the permanent building at Gudu District, Abuja.
The Senate President who is also a medical doctor himself commended the efforts and commitment of the staff and assured them that they would soon notice positive changes in the facility available for their use.
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