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‘Measures to contain COVID-19 in State House strong’

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Measures to contain COVID-19 in the State House are very strong, the presidency has said, commending health workers in Aso Rock Clinic for their effort since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr. Tijjani Umar, stated this at the valedictory session in honour of the Deputy Director, Planning and State House Service Compact (SERVICOM) Nodal Officer, Augustus Ogueri, who retired from the civil service on Tuesday, having attained the age of 60 years.

At the event, Head, Public Health Department, State House Clinic, Dr. Ibrahim Bashir; and Dr. Chukwu Eze were also recognised for their hard work and exemplary contributions to the COVID-19 response in the State House.

A statement made available to newsmen yesterday by the Deputy Director (Information), Mr. Attah Esa, quoted Umar as saying that since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Nigeria, the medical team in the State House Clinic had been at the frontline of implementing public health advice and protocols to prevent the spread of the pandemic among workers and visitors to the presidential villa.

The permanent secretary said some of the interventions from the team include the local production of medical supplies and equipment such as face masks, face shields, hand sanitisers, hand wash and disinfectants.

“When I briefed the president this week, I told him that COVID-19 response by the State House Clinic is very strong and solid. I also told him of our intention to recognise some staff that worked round the clock to make this possible.”

“They (medical staff) are in charge of organising COVID-19 tests, following up on results, counselling and ensuring that all public health protocols to prevent the spread of the pandemic are followed, and they have been very effective in doing that,” he said.

According to him, the award is a non-monetary recognition. “But we appreciate their sacrifices and selfless contributions in delivering excellent services to staff and visitors to the State House.”

National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of SERVICOM, Nnenna Akajemeli, commended the permanent secretary and the management team for the commitment to entrench the culture of improved service delivery in the State House.


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