The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has described the state’s free health policy for the elderly and babies as a failure. The party said it was an eloquent evidence of the total collapse of the State economy against the claims of Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s administration. The PDP in a statement by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, Media to the State Chairman, Felix Obuah regreted that virtually all the hospitals and health centres across the 23 Local Government Areas and the BMH, Port Harcourt “are now operating on OS (Out of Stock) and can no longer cope with the situation, prompting the doctors in government owned hospitals to abandon their duty posts for weeks now”. According to the statement, “patients are now directed to purchase their own drugs from outside, yet billions of naira were claimed to be sunk into the system as subsidy for the free health system. “As if this does not matter with the attendant loss of lives due to negligence and non availability of drugs, Gov Amaechi has continued to forge on with All Progressives Congress, APC, activities and deceiving Rivers people as though all is well, with Rivers State. “Billions of millions of naira, which ought to be used to attend to all these Rivers elders and babies that need health attention and save lives are rather being wasted on political adventures and jamborees and unnecessary court cases, hosting of politicians and gold diggers, media propaganda and tussle for leadership of Nigerian Governors forum etc”, the PDP alleged. He continued: “The PDP wonders the essence of setting up structures called hospitals and health centres and bringing in people from far and wide to commission such structures without the necessary facilities and resources, both material and human which is basically the fate of the hospitals currently boycotted by the striking doctors. “The PDP insists the health of the people should not be politicized and should for once be taken serious by Gov. Amaechi who must equally be told that the mandate given to him was to govern the living and not the dead which he has turned the entire State to through bad governance”. The PDP further alleged that the Ministry of Health had become one of the conduit pipes of the Rivers State Government to loot Rivers tax payers’ money.