Over 800 police officers in Mombasa County have so far been diagnosed with an illness caused while in the line of duty under the new medical insurance scheme produced by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).
A total of 90 police officers have been treated by medical personnel under the programme.
NPSC vice chairperson, Dr. Alice Otwala, said that the Commission undertook the initiative to provide medical attention to police officers since it’s their major concern to look at the state and welfare of the police who get maimed during travelling and bomb attacks in which some lose some body parts in those accidents.
Dr. Otwala said that the launch and sensitization of the medical scheme began in June in Nairobi and Rift Valley areas.
“The Commission is engaged in looking how best they can help officers who have acquired illness and disability due to danger and the nature of work,” said Otwala.
She mentioned that police suffering from mental health illness would also benefit from the scheme.
Otwala said that the Commission appointed 59 counselors and social workers to provide psychological support to the police officers.
“Those who are sick are the target of this programme but also those who are healthy will be given counseling knowing that the nature of their work is subjected to a lot of stress and danger,” she added.
She said the Commission would also look into the work environment of police officers, improve and rehabilitate some stations with the help of well-wishers who have volunteered towards the hustle.
To those officers who have recovered from their illnesses, Otwala assured them that the Commission would get them transferred close to their family members for them to get access to family support.
“Police expose themselves to a lot of stress and danger due to the nature of their work. Our duty as Kenyans is to reciprocate by looking at their welfare. The Commission in providing its support has ensured that those already in the situation to either get compensated or reassigned if they cannot continue with police work,” said Otwala.
On his part, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata has lauded the police in Mombasa for doing a commendable job by reducing insecurity cases in the region.
Elungata said that the medical scheme provided to the officers would boost their morale and enable them to work even better.
“Health of police officers should be given a priority here in Mombasa because this area has a lot of challenges but insecurity cases have reduced. We now receive more visitors owing to the good work done by police,” he said.