The Nigerian Police is developing a comprehensive healthcare policy that will boost quality healthcare delivery service for its members. The officer in-charge of the Force Medicals, Dr. Modupe Fimilayo-Obebe stated this during a health sensitization visit to Enugu State Police Command.
The sensitization visit was basically to educate officers and men of the force on how to take care of their health needs in view of the challenges and stress associated with their job. The force Medical Officer, Dr Modupe in a lecture stated that the police high command considered the healthcare of members of the force as top priority, noting that it was important for the officers and men to imbibe the habit of going for medical checks annually.
She called on the members of the force to make use of the Federal Government National Health Insurance scheme to avoid avoidable death. Dr. Modupe who is also an Assistant Inspector of Police said that health programme recently inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police tagged “Stay Healthy to be able to Serve the Nation” was also designed to enhance the health of members of the force.
She stated that the force was upgrading its medical facilities across the country with the aim of providing acceptable healthcare services while effort was on to commence police barrack sanitary inspection, all in a bid to promote healthy living. Dr Modupe announced that free healthcare services would also be designed for retired officers. The Commissioner of Police Enugu State, Mr Ahmed Abdulrahman urged members of the force to abide by the medical advice to make them serve the country better.
Other stakeholders and friends of the force who attended the meeting included the State Intervention Lead, Nigeria Policing Programme of the DFID, Mr Solomon Akpanutot and heads of some public transport associations commended the Commissioner for restoring security of lives and property within a short period in Enugu State. They equally called for upgrading of the police hospitals to attend to emergency gunshot victims to save lives.