The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on Monday flagged off the inclusion of retired police officers into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
The development is part of welfare for policemen which was recently approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Police boss, while speaking at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, hailed Buhari for extending the scheme to the Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force
Adamu noted that the rare opportunity would address the age-long quest for affordable healthcare services for police retirees and urged them to take optimum advantage of the scheme.
He stated that with the development, all retired Police personnel, irrespective of their rank on retirement, along with a spouse, would have full access to all NHIS services and benefits covered by the Police Health Maintenance Organization (Police-HMO) Code-073.
The IGP directed the nationwide registration and capturing of all retired policemen with effect from 7th September to 23rd September 2020.
The exercise which would be in three batches, according to him, will take place at various Police Area Commands in the country.
He said that all retired police personnel “are to visit any Police Area Command closest to them with the following basic requirements which includes a National Identity Number (compulsory), letter of retirement and retiree’s identity card.”
In his remarks, Executive Secretary, NHIS, Prof Mohammed Sambo said that the development was in line with the next level agenda of attaining health insurance scheme for all by 2030 as approved by the sustainable developments goals.
He said, “we want to ensure we leave a credible mark so that the generation yet to come would also come and benefit from this exercise. At this point, I want to congratulate the police and IGP for flagging of this exercise. I am sure it will be a legacy that will be perpetual in the minds of the police and the nation to get this group of people to be enrolled in this scheme.”