Baring any change in policy, medicine San Frontiers (Doctors
without Borders), which has its operational base at Teme Clinic in the Diobu
area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, may shut down its operations beginning
from October, 2012.
The organisation, authorised by United Nations which started
its operation in 2005 in the state in involved in free treatment of emergency
cases in the state, particularly auto-accidents and gun shot victims.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Chairman of the
Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Godwin N. K Giniwa in his
office Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the Project Coordinator, Medicine San
Frontier, Mr Eric Jeff Nolts said that the decision to leave the state follows
the reduction in emergency cases as a result of
the prevailing peaceful environment in the state.
Mr Jeff Nolts, who said that the organisation’s operation
from 2005 was a response to violence at the time, however, said that the group
decided to wind up its operation following the return of peace to the state.
While stressing that more than 13,000 patients were treated
in the last seven years, he said that the complete pull out of their activities
will take six months as patients who are currently on admission in the clinic
will have to be treated.
The Coordinator thanked the traditional rulers and the
people of the state for their support, stressing that since 2005, the organisation has not had any course to regret being in the state.