Rivers gives interest-free loans to private medical practitioners

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By Nath Omame
Governor Nyesom Wike has stated that the state government has given out interest-free loans to private medical practitioners in the state to enable them equip their facilities.
Wike noted that the state government was aware that about 70 per cent of its people patronise private hospitals, stressing that the gesture was to make healthcare delivery accessible to all.
Governor Wike spoke at the flag-off of the 50th Anniversary Free Medical Programme in conjunction with the Rivers Foundation USA in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
“For the first time in Rivers State, private medical practitioners have been given interest-free loans to upgrade and equip their facilities because government is aware that about 70 per cent its people patronise private hospitals.”
Represented by Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, the governor said the present administration would continue to make available accessible and affordable health care one of its major policy thrusts.
He stressed that his government was poised to make healthcare delivery accessible to all, pointing out that his administration was not only building projects but also building human capacity especially in the health sector.
“The complete turnaround of the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital would not only deliver specialist care but also train medical man power for the Rivers State University Medical School,” he said.
The governor added that the total rebuilding of the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital as well as the ongoing massive renovation of hospitals across the state were all aimed at improving health indices in the state.
Governor Wike, who described the golden jubilee as a season of healing, said Rivers People were experiencing a new phase of prosperity. “This is a season of healing. Jubilee is a season of reconciliation; a season of restoration and a season were God wants to prosper his people.”
Earlier, the President, Rivers State Foundation Incorporated, Dr. Suanu Bliss Wikina, said his organization wanted to give back to society by keying into the golden jubilee celebration. He commended Governor Wike for the numerous projects executed under his watch.
In her address, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Caroline Wali, said the Ministry was grateful to the organizers of the medical outreach and called on the people to take advantage of it.