Police to establish 26-bed hospital in 6 zones
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, says the force will establish a 26-bed cottage hospital in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.
Abubakar assured that many medical doctors and other health personnel would soon be recruited to meet the medical needs of the force.
The inspector-general gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja in an interview with newsmen shortly after he declared open a three-day seminar for police medical officers.
“We have made it a point of duty now that very soon if there is recruitment; they (medical unit) are going to be given large chunk.
“This is to enable them to recruit more doctors and other medical personnel,” he said.
Abubakar said that the establishment of the cottage hospitals in the zones was to enable officers and men of the force in the rural areas benefit from the police medical services.
Grace Akudo, AIG, Medical, said the unit had received some fund from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and promised that it would be used to upgrade the force’s medical facilities.
Akudo said that the unit would soon develop a strategic medical plan for the force where training of professionals would be given priority.
She said that in the planned recruitment, both middle and high level professionals would be recruited to provide effective medical services to officers and men.