Staff of the Free Medical Care Programme (FMCP) have been charged to work as a team in order to achieve the set objectives of the programme.
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Sampson Parker gave the charge while speaking at the 18th Review Meeting of the Free Medical Care Programme held in Port Harcourt recently.
Dr. Parker said that the aim of introducing the programme was to provide quality health care services to the most vulnerable in society as well as to reduce the health/economic burden of the Rivers people.
He expressed dismay over the nonchalant attitude of some Doctors and Nurses towards their work, pointing out that a situation where patients visit health centres for treatment but Doctors and Nurses are not on duty is not accepted, he asked them to live up to their responsibilities in provision of health care.
The commissioner stressed that all hands should be on deck to attain the vision “to reduce morbidity and mortality rates in the target groups” and achieve the mission of providing adequate and efficient health care services for people of the state.
Dr. Parker thanked Free Medical Care Programme (FMCP) for ogranising the Review Meeting, adding that deliberations should be based on how to move the programme forward.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary/the Coordinator of Free Medical Care Programme (FMCP), Dr (Mrs) Stella Toby in her welcome address said that the present administration having earmarked quality health care as one of its cardinal projects has embarked on construction of 150 Model Health Centres spread out in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
Dr. (Mrs) Toby stated that there has also been recruitment of Health Personnel to man the health centres to ensure that quality health care is available at the grass roots.
She further disclosed that there are presently 57 participating health facilities in the programme, this number is expected to increase as more model new health centres come on stream.
In her vote of thanks, Dr. N.P. Offor assured the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Sampson Parker that staff of the programme will put in their best to ensure that Free Medical Care Programme achieves the stated objectives and thanked him for assisting them host the 18th Review Meeting