NPF: Force Medical Officer visits Taraba, Pledges improve Medical Services
The Force Medical Officer of the Nigeria Police Force, CP Dr Emmanuel N. Garba has paid a familiarity and assessment visit to the Taraba State Police Clinic in Jalingo, the Taraba State Capital.
The Force Medical Officer who landed at Pharmacist Danbaba Danfulani Airport Jalingo, was warmly received by the Taraba State Medical officer, SP John Shehu, Officer in Charge, Police Clinic Jalingo, along side and other officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force serving in Taraba.
At the airport, he exchanged pleasantries with Lamdo Gashaka, Chief Dr Zubairu Hammangabdo Mohamed Sambo.
The two day visit which span between 18th -19th of August, 2023, availed the Medical Officer, an opportunity to assess facilities at the Taraba State Police Clinic and to also interact with the Medical Officers at the Clinic where they discussed heart to heart issues bordering on the Nigeria Police Medical Services.
The Medical Officer, also visited the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, CP Yusuf Suleiman in his office where they had elaborate discussions on critical issues of the command in the state.
Addressing the Medical Officers during an interactive forum and touring round, assessing facilities at the Taraba State Police Clinic, the Force Medical Officer, who was conducted round the Clinic by the Taraba State Medical Officer in Charge, Police Clinic Jalingo, SP John Shehu and the second in command (2IC) as well as the administrative Officer, appreciated the staff at the Clinic for maintaining a cordial and friendly working relationship among themselves and the patients at the Clinic.
He also expressed satisfaction with the facilities and the working environment at the Clinic and encouraged the Medical Officers to keep up the good work.
CP Dr Emmanuel N. Garba disclosed that the Management Team of the Nigeria Medical Services, in collaboration with Police Health Insurance Scheme, Police Health Maintenance Organization (PHMO), were working up modalities to see the possibilities of upgrading Police clinics across the country to improve the health services of the officers to ensure that they meet up with the global health challenges
While harping on the general welfare of the staff, the Force Medical Officer, noted that there was already a move on ground to improve the welfare and allowances of all staff, adding that their salaries are not commensurate with the services they are rendering for the country.
He said the Management Team has also approved Study Leave within the country for officers and men in relevant courses to help them improve on their services and encouraged Medical officers to make the best use of the opportunity to upgrade themselves so as to face the challenges of Medical standard in the world
“Again, I want to let you know that hopefully, the Nigeria Police is pushing for recruitment to augment the strength of personel to meet up specialities in Nigeria Police Medical Services. Soonest, the Nig Police Medical Services will also go into digitalisation of activities to reduce bulky hard copies of patients information”. He added.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Taraba State Medical Officer in Charge, Police Clinic Jalingo,Sp John Shehu, applauded the August visitor for finding time to visit the Taraba State Police Clinics in the month of August.
He appealed to the Management Team of the Nigeria Medical Services to examine critically, the issue of promotions of the Medical Officers, emphasizing that, promotion in Medical was more or less stagnant.
“We are blessed and highly elated to have in our midst, our father and our mentor whom we have been trying day by day to emulate. We want to thank him so much for coming to see us and we also want to use this opportunity to appeal with the Management Team of the Nigeria Medical Services through our August visitor, who have chosen to visit us in this August, to examine critically, the issue of promotions in Medicals.
“The promotion of those on general duties run faster than that of ours in the Medical. We feel it should be reconsidered so that we should also have similar opportunities with them since we are doing the same job”. He added
Meanwhile, the Force Medical Officer was accompanied by the Health Maintenance Organization Officer, PHMO, Dr Dala Shettima during the visit in the state.