Nigeria’s Defence Intelligence Agency has opened a Dialysis Centre in Abuja, the oil-rich nation’s capital city.
At the centre’s commissioning ceremony on Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan urged operators of military hospitals to represent perfection in the service of humanity.
President Jonathan pledged the government’s continued support for military health institutions, in what he described as their significant role in the society.
The President said: “We will work with you and assist your establishment to succeed. In most countries, the President and his family attend the military hospital whenever they are ill.
“So, they expect that the military hospital should be among the top hospitals and that should be what we should aspire for”.
He also emphasised that a number of Nigerians had kidney-related diseases, lamenting that some had lost their lives as a result of the absence of dialysis machines.
President Jonathan then noted that the military work hard to ensure the nation is secured and must be respected.
He stressed the need for adding that their hospitals must be well equipped.
In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Rear Admiral Gabriel Okoi, said the establishment of the Dialysis Centre was part of its social responsibility to the nation.
According to him, the Dialysis Centre would serve defence intelligence and other military personnel and the general public.