The Red Cross society is an International organization with a global reach. According to the spokesperson, Dr. Vincent Adiela, the health environment has a lot of people with challenges and who are suffering; and, it is one of the Red Cross mandate to support the needy and the distressed. In an interview with a staff of media/publicity unit of UPTH, Mrs. Omojunikanbi, he stressed that the first week of May is usually celebrated worldwide as Red Cross Week in commemoration of the birth of the founder of Red Cross Sir Henry Donald, born May 8.
He went further to say that, it is the oldest humanitarian organization existing in over one hundred and ninety two (192) out of one hundred and ninety five (195) countries. The organization felt it would not be nice for UPTH to be left out of a global event especially a health related global event. Today marks the formal establishment of the Nigerian Red Cross in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. The Red Cross unit will engage in identifying and assisting a number of patients, especially indigent ones who cannot really or readily access help.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the hospital, Prof. Henry Ugboma represented by The Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) Prof. Stanley Princewill, speaking on behalf of the CMD, said that UPTH is entering into a covenant with the Red Cross to work in unity to achieve a common goal. In conclusion, he said that the unveiling of Red Cross in UPTH is a welcomed development and hence, advised every member of the Red Cross team to be competent, focused and committed. Sustenance, he said, is what is worthy and should not be allowed to die.