By Hassan Zaggi
Plans have been concluded by the Nigeria Police Force to enroll its retired officers in National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
To this end, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has directed the nationwide capturing of retired police officers in all parts of the country.
The capturing, according to a statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, will begin from September 7 – 23,, 2020.
This is following the approval given by the President Muhammdu-led Federal Government for the enrolment of retired police officers in health insurance scheme.
With this development, the statement noted, “all retired police officers, irrespective of their rank on retirement, along with a spouse, will have full access to all NHIS services and benefits covered by the Police Health Maintenance Organization (Police-HMO) Code-073.
“The exercise, which shall be in three batches, will take place at the various Police Area Commands in the country.”
Consequently, therefore, all retired police officers are required to visit any Police Area Command closest to them with National Identity Number (compulsory), letter of retirement and the retiree’s I.D Card .
The nationwide capturing exercise, according to the statement, is scheduled to hold on Monday, September 7 to Wednesday 9 , 2020, in North-West States comprising of
Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara; North-East states comprising of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. North-Central States “B” including FCT and Nasarawa.
On the other hand, on Monday, September 14, 2020 to Wednesday, 16, 2020, will for South-West States including Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo. North-Central States “A” including Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Niger and Plateau.
Also, on Monday, September 21 to Wednesday, 23, 2020, will be for South-South States including Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa; South-East States including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo.
The IGP, has, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for extending the National Health Insurance Scheme to retired Police officers.
This, he said, will help address the age-long quest for affordable healthcare services for Police retirees.