A health care scheme has just been launched for police officers in Lagos. The scheme was launched on Thursday by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Bala Hassan at the police college in Ikeja.

Senior Police officers were present at the launch which was tagged, Launching of Urine Drug Test and Mass screening for Hypertension and Diabetes. Bala Hassan pointed out the statutory duties of the police which included protection of life and property, preservation of law and order and prevention and detection of crime and apprehension of offenders among others. He noted that police duties are tedious and as such, officers need to be fit, safe and healthy to perform those functions.

He said the urine for alcohol and drug tests was aimed at ensuring the safety of lives and property of Nigerians from accidental discharges by officers who carry firearms. He also said that the test will be conducted regularly and those who tested positive to alcohol would not be allowed to carry firearms any longer.

He advised officers to do their annual medical check-up in order to avoid undue illness or sudden death.

Author: Ope Adedeji