The Executive Head

Mrs. Cordelia Maurice Peterside
Mrs. Cordelia Maurice Peterside – Permanent Secretary FMCP

Mrs. Cordelia Maurice Peterside (Nee Akiri) was educated in Nigeria. She went to St. Barths School, Degema-1962 and was later transferred to St. Peters Primary School-Ogbelte, Enugu in 1964 and St. Paul’s State School, Ahoada in 1967 where she had her Primary Education and later proceeded to Holy Rosary Secondary School, Port Harcourt for her Secondary School Education in 1971.

She obtained National Certificate of Education (NCE) and Bachelor of Education (BED) from Rivers State College of Education, Rumuolumeni in 1980 and 1985 respectively and later bagged a Master of Education Degree (MED) from the University of Port Harcourt in 1989.

Her uniqueness and love for Education has patterned her to several possibilities as she became an author of several publications such as: Early Intervention and Improvement in Early Education. This is a publication of the Nigeria Association of Special Education Teachers and another – Ensuring inclusive Education among School age children in Nigeria which was presented at the 1st sub-regional summit on Education West and Central Africa. She is also the Assistant Editor of Rivers State Bureaucrat- A publication of the Rivers State civil Service. The Coordinator, Rivers State Civil Service Choir … Continue Reading

Mission and Vision


To reduce the Health/Economic burden of the residents of Rivers State by providing adequate and efficient health care services for all.


To reduce morbidity and mortality rates in Rivers State by improving the health status of its residents

Brief History

The Free Medical Care Programme (FMCP) was launched in May, 2000 as a special form of Health Care Rivers Citizens. The Progrmme was initially targeted at those vulnerable groups in the society which includes children less than 6years, adults over 60years, pregnant women requiring Caesarian Section, emergencies within 24 hours, inmates of Old people home, Remand home and Motherless babies home as well as retired orthodox clergymen and their wives, members of the Nigerian Legion and wives of fallen Soldiers.

FMCP also foots the bills of patients approved for oversea medical treatment by the governor. In October 2011 the Programme was expanded by the immediate past administration to include all residents of Rivers State who registered into the Programme.

All categories of diseases were catered for as long as treatment could be offered in the government owned facilities. As a strategy to enhance the Programme, and because of the incessant strikes, the FMCP engaged in two levels of partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Private Hospitals in order to continue Medical Care for FMCP patients during period of crisis, health workers’ strikes and Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital is fully occupied.

Twelve (12) Private Clinics located in different zones in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor Local Government Areas were attending to FMCP patients until February,  2015 when they were put on hold because of lack of funds. In 2013, another memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed with international Trauma and Critical Care Limited (ITCC) to cater for highly specialized referrals from the government owned health facilities.


Since inception, participating facilities increase from Thirty Six to one Hundred and Seventy One (36-171), about Seven Hundred Thousand (700,000) cases have been treated, Ante natal registration and deliveries increased in the government owned primary and secondary health centers.

These increased cold be attributed to the FMCP obtainable at the localities in the state. A total of Five Hundred and Thirty (535) patient accessed free care at the designated private hospitals while over Thirty Thousand (30,000) cases had been attended to through the Professor Kelsey Harrison Hospital (PKHH) and the Dental and Maxilo-Facial Hospital (DMFH) managed by the ITCC.


Rivers State Free Medical Care,

1st Floor, Block A,

Rivers State Secretariat Complex,

Port-Harcourt, Rivers State,