The Director General, Delta State Contributory Health Commission (DSCHC), Dr. Ben Nkechika has debunked the rumor making rounds that the free Maternal and Children under five Health Programme has been stopped by the Okowa administration.
Dr. Nkechika dispelled the rumor while speaking on the SMART Move Television programme of the state government.
Dr. Nkechika said the free mother and child medical care program in Delta State is still in place and on going.
He said that Governor Okowa has not only continued the free health program, but has also made it sustainable to last beyond his administration through the Delta State Health Insurance Scheme.
Dr. Nkechika clarified that the Governor signed the law that provides for zero-point-five percent of the State Consolidated revenue to be used to pay for the health care services of all pregnant women, children under five years, the elderly above 65 years and the physically and mentally challenged residents of the state.
He said that the Okowa led administration has extended the free medical programme to primary Health care centers to make the programme readily accessible to those in the rural communities.
He said that over sixty thousand pregnant women and children under age five are currently receiving free treatment in several hospitals that have been accredited across the state.
He said that the Contributory Health Scheme has been strategically configured to ensure that every resident of Delta State has access to quality and affordable health care at both public and private Hospitals in the state.