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Mr Ochola made the remarks while officiating at the opening of the Uganda Police Health Services Annual General Meeting. PHOTO/TWITTER

IGP Martin Okoth Ochola commended officers for remaining very committed at work despite the Covid-19 pandemic challenges.

Martin Okoth Ochola, the Inspector-General of Police, has commended officers for remaining committed to their work despite all challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Ochola made the remarks while officiating at the opening of the Uganda Police Health Services Annual General Meeting intended to discuss the role of the Uganda Police Health Services and the challenges the Directorate faces as it continues to evolve.

Ochola said the officers like health practitioners have since been at the forefront in ensuring the general public does not lose focus in fighting the spread of the virus.

“I thank all of you in the medical profession for your hard work and commitment especially during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. You have been our frontline force and have risked your own health to save the lives of our enforcement officers and other Ugandans through health education, sanitization/disinfection, vaccination campaigns and treatment of Covid-19 victims.”

“One other important attribute was that you were available to offer technical advice to allay fears and myths about Corona virus especially in the early days of the disease,” Ochola said.

Equally, he said there are various benefits that the police community has gained from the customized health care of the Police Health Services not found in other facilities including the evacuation of officers and family members during accidents, visiting patients at home and in hospitals not forgetting attending to officers and families at all police clinics at no cost.

Ochola however, urged his charges to maintain a high level of integrity as they undertake their duties. He said the duty of an officer involves saving the lives of people or making key decisions.

“Consequently, as Police health workers, you should never exhibit any corrupt tendencies. The police management is, however, grateful and we have a lot of trust in you as our own medical staff regarding discipline, honesty and ethics among others given that almost all of you are police officers.  

For the Medico-legal services, Police health centres and doctors have been vital in examining suspects, injured persons, victims of Gender-Based Violence and performing postmortems,” Ochola raised.

In addition, he disclosed that the police management takes serious note of the challenges faced in the execution of your duties, but promised that they will continue putting in place measures to ensure that every officer is equipped with the necessary protective equipment needed to perform tasks but also remain safe and alive.

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Mr Ochola made the remarks while officiating at the opening of the Uganda Police Health Services Annual General Meeting. PHOTO/TWITTER

Relatedly, he noted that the UPF Management has embarked on capacity building of the Directorate of Health Services by targeting professional training, promotions and recruitment of more health workers among others.

“As we move forward, the Police leadership has plans to recruit more health workers in this financial year, purchase more ambulances to improve on the current fleet, construction of a police general hospital at Nsambya barracks and the establishment of a police clinic at every Police district or major police stations.”

“As I conclude, I thank you once again for organizing this meeting and it is essential that you discuss freely and bring forward the best ideas and innovations to support the development of the Police Health Services and the entire Uganda Police Force,” he added.