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Rivers, hospitals MoU shields patients from doctors' strike

03 July 2014, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Rivers State Government has partnered with some private hospitals to provide free medical care to patients registered under the Free Medical Care Programme offered by the state.

State Commissioner for Health, Dr Sampson Parker, said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the state government with the private hospitals was a crisis management strategy to alleviate and ameliorate the effects of the doctors' nationwide industrial action on local people.
The private hospitals involved in the MOU include Riverside Hospital, Princess Medical Centre, Prime Medical Consultants, Sonabel Medical Centre, Sterling Specialist Hospital, Military Hospital, First Gate Dental Centre, Atinu Critical Care and Professor Kelsey Harrison Hospital.
Parker said government believed that the private sector participation must be encouraged.

“We believe that, the private sector participation must be encouraged and that is why we went into the Memorandum of Understanding with the Private sector. The private hospitals we chose meet the standard of the state government. We have engaged them to assist our patients.”
He added that the hospitals would offer services to women in labour, accidents and surgical intervention.  

"We have decided to hand over such persons to qualified medical doctors in the Private sector, so that, we don’t suffer so much casualty. The arrangement continues as long as the strike persists. It is actually a crisis management strategy. When the strike is over, the patients will return to government hospitals," Parker said.

He commended the State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for the foresight of partnering with the private sector to alleviate undue suffering of patients during the strike.

- CAJ News

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