From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Assistant Inspector of Police in charge of Zone 1, Shuaibu Lawal, has told officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, to imbibe the culture of frequent medical check-up for better service delivery.
Speaking during the official launching of urine drug test and mass screening for diabetes and hypertension at the police officers mess in Kano State, yesterday, Lawal said the force wants to check the mental capacity of its workforce.
According to him, policemen have to watch their diet and go for frequent Blood Pressure (BP) test.
He noted that the force is concerned about the health of its officers, adding that without good health they cannot deliver the task of protecting the lives and property of citizens.
“You must all go for medical check-up at least once a week. You should go and check your BP frequently because without good health you cannot protect the citizenry. We need to check the mental capacity of our workforce,” he said.
The AIG also advised them to watch their diet and avoid eating food capable of causing hypertension and diabetes.
He, however, warned policemen against taking beer while on duty, saying the urine test would be conducted routinely to see if an officer drinks alcohol or not.
He disclosed that whoever takes alcohol while on duty would face the wrath of the Police Force, noting that an officer doesn’t need to take stimulants to be gallant.
“Drug abuse is what causes accidental discharge of bullets which also causes sudden death of civilians. We must stop this,” he added.
In his remark, the Commissioner of Police, Abbati Maigari Dikko, said the idea behind the programme was to keep officers healthy and fit for service.
He that he introduced the programme when he was serving in Ebonyi State and vowed to replicate it in Kano in order to have a healthy workforce.