Uyo - Dr Bassey Antai, the Commissioner for Health in Akwa Ibom, has warned Medical and Health officers in government hospitals to desist from charging illegal fees.
Antai gave the warning on Sunday in Uyo while fielding questions from newsmen at a news briefing.
He said medical personnel who collect money from patients were not representing the interest of government, and warned that government would not take kindly to such action.
The commissioner said his ministry had set up a monitoring team to routinely visit government hospitals to ensure that government free health care programmes were working.
Antai warned that the government would deal with patients who engaged in falsifying their ages
"The free health programme is for people of 65 years and above, pregnant women and those whose ages are five years and below, but sometimes we see people who are 35-40 years coming to claim that they are 65 years."
The commissioner maintained that the free health programme in the state had been successful, and called for increased budgetary allocation to the ministry to cover various parts of the state.