The Honorable Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi has sought medical support for Police and their children  from the  Doctors without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres to enable them to discharge their duty efficiently.

He said this during a courtesy visit by “Doctors without Boarder”  led by  the Head of Mission in Nigeria, Mr. Syed Shaukat Muttaqi to the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja recently.

The Minister stated that police are part of the society and they are vulnerable people in the country which had led to the loss of lives of officers in the course of protecting the citizens thereby need the support of everybody including Doctors without Borders.

“I believe that you are aware that the police are one of the most vulnerable security services in the country. We have lost so many and many officers had been affected with injury, as partners in progress, we do hope you can extend some of the services to police hospitals in the country”.

L-R: Mohammed Dikko Abdullahi, Dr. Simba Tirima, Head of Mission in Nigeria (Doctors without Borders) Dr. Shaukat Muttaqi, Shahbaz Israr Khan, and Minister of Police Affairs during a courtesy visit by “Doctors without Boarder” to the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja

He recalled the activities of the group while he was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health in Sokoto state years back, and thanked the organization for promoting local content through the employment of over 90% of Nigerians as staff of the organization.  “invariably, supporting the Federal government in the area of employment”. Dingyadi stressed.

Speaking earlier, Dr. Simba Tirima, revealed that the group has been around since 1996, rendering medical support to all the geopolitical zones of the country. He noted that the sum of 17.7billion naira has been expended by the group on humanitarian services to vulnerable people in the country.

Simba enumerated some of the group activities like free medical services to pediatrics, maternity intervention s, primary health care for IDP’s, medical care for laser fever patients, provision of clinical equipment to some hospitals, and food/nutritional support as well as unflinching support to the Ministry of health through the provision of response services especially during the covid-19 outbreak.

Bolaji O. Kazeem

Head (Press and Public Relations Unit)

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