The Rivers State Government under the leadership of Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi adopted a system of health care whose thrust was anchored on Primary Health Care with the following specific objectives:

1. Provision of quality and standard health
2. Provision of efficient, effective and affordable
health services.
3. Availability of well qualified and motivated staff at all health facilities.
4. Provision of health services to vulnerable
groups at government cost.
5. Preparation of the Bill for the establishment of
Primary Health Care Board was implemented.

The following steps were adopted to achieve this vision:

1. Re-orientation workshop for Heads of health establishments (Ministry, Hospitals, Health Units in LGA) held as first step.
2. Re-training 0f all categories of staff in the Health Sector of the State.
3. Recruitment of equipped staff to address the severe manpower shortage in the Health Sector.
4. Construction of Karibi-Whyte Mega Hospital at the cost of $98 million.
5. Maintenance contracts were instituted for different equipments in the Hospitals
6. Government embarked on massive infrastructural development all over the LGAs
7. Governor Amaechi took this up personally and met with Doctors in the State and set up a Committee on Health Policy.
8. The State government carried out the State Health Insurance Programme.

Without fear of contradiction, IYM Emolga Chapter makes bold to state that if there is any Government or institution in Nigeria that aptly demonstrated revolution in health sector, that person is Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the action and visionary Governor of Rivers state.

Just the Health sector out of numerous laudable achievements in Rivers State under Governor Amaechi’s watch, tremendous revolution in Health service and delivery took place.

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The State Government under Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi offered free health services to all her citizenry in all government owned hospitals or health centres. He employed 600 doctors, gave them official cars with well furnished accommodation. The first in the history of Rivers State.

To achieve this, Government constructed over 160 Health Centres in all the LGAs and construction of 1000 bed specialist hospital is on the card with other special intervention programmes in this area. These facilities were
available free of charge to both indigenes and none indigenes residing in the State.

©IYM Emolga Media Team

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