The Rivers State Primary
Health Care Management Board (RSPHCMB), has called on multinational companies operating within the state to deliver on their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to their host communities by partnering with the board in making healthcare service delivery easily accessible and affordable to members of the communities.
Chairman of the Board, Prof. Princewill Chike who made the call at the Obio Cottage Hospital during the inspection of health facilities under the board said the Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme remained the sure way to achieving the goal of effective healthcare delivery in the state.
Chike maintained that should the multinationals partner with the board at the community level as part of their corporate social responsibility, it would not only place the organisations in good books of the people but also reduce violence resulting to health challenges in the state.
Chike who stated that the visit was necessitated by the peaceful protest by Rumukwurushi Community to the Rumukwurushi Health Centre to demand on explanation on the workability of the Community Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS), explained that the state needed a realistic approach to the health needs of the people, saying “the way to go now in terms of health care service is the Health Insurance Scheme where the people are to pay a token to get care”.
While commending the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on its partnership with the Obio Cottage Hospital and Rumukwurushi Model Primary Health Centre and the Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Boarder) on partnership with the Orogbum Health Centre where they are building capacity on the sexually abused victims, Chike called on other multinationals including the private sector to join hands in ensuring that every resident of the state has an accessible and affordable health care service.
The Permanent Secretary of the board, Dr. Minima Harry who noted the gains of the CHIS urged the people to embrace the scheme stating that the free medical care programme was no longer realistic given the present economic situation of the state.
Harry said “I will meet with the Rumukwurushi Community on advocacy to encourage them to enroll in the scheme because it has proven to be efficient in Obio Cottage Hospital and the board will love to replicate the scheme in other health facilities across the state. I also call on other corporate organisations to partner with the board for an effective health care delivery”.
Also speaking, the SPDC representative, Dr. Akin Fajola noted that the Obio Cottage Hospital was the state health facility supported by the SPDC to provide health care to the communities around, revealing that since the introduction of the CHIS at the health centre, the facility has attracted more patients from the state and beyond.
The Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Umejiego Chidozie said the hospital records about 100 patients and 300 deliveries every month giving credence to the support by the SPDC.
Chidozie further revealed that the facility has 115 staff with 12 doctors and operates for 24 hours with support from the local government, state government and Non-governmental organisations like the Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi.
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