The Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN) has urged the Imo State Government to assist it to provide quality health services to the people.
The CHAN National President, Chief Samuel Mafuyai, made the appeal during the Zone C Imo State Legislative Round table in Owerri.
Chief Mafuyai said that CHAN is a non-profit making organization founded in 1973, by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the Christian Medical Advisory Council of Nigeria (NCMANC).
According to Chief Mafuyai, CHAN, through its over 400 registered Mission Health Outreach Posts throughout Nigeria, has been providing quality health services to Nigerians irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or religious affiliation and facilitating cooperation among its members drawn from 23 major churches that run health Institutions at the Local, State and Federal levels.
In an address of welcome, the Chairman of Imo State CHAN Advocacy Committee, Venerable Bertram Ogoke, urged Imo legislators to pass a Bill that would empower the Executive to pay statutory allocation to Mission Institutions, MIS, in the state.
The CHAN Chairman called on Government to give grant in Aid and Subvention to Mission Institutions as done in Anambra and Ebonyi states.
Venerable Ogoke, who stressed the need for secondment of doctors and Nurses to mission institutions, implored government to include MIs in the supply of vehicles and Motorcycles for rural outreaches to the marginalized and under-served.
He explained that Mission Institutions are not primarily profit making organizations but a continuation of the healing Ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The CHAN Advocacy Committee Chairman noted that the Mission Institutions run 24 hours health services without any history of strike and as such reduce the morbidity and mortality rate in Imo State.
He, however, commended the Rescue Mission, administration for its free education programme, free medical treatment of pregnant women, massive opening and rehabilitation of roads in the state Capital.
Responding, the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Dr. Victor Mere, assured that his committee would sponsor a Bill on health and expressed optimism that the approval of the Bill would touch on the lives of the down-trodden.
Dr. Mere who represents Owerri Municipal in the State House of Assembly disclosed his plan to sponsor a free medical treatment in his Constituency.
The Imo State House of Assembly member for Njaba, Chief Chino Obioha and that of Mbaitolu Constituency, Honourable Victor Ndunagu expressed the importance of Health services towards the existence of mankind and promised to support the sponsorship of a Bill on Health since it would be beneficial t the citizens.