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.