Nigerian workers have been charged to put their health first above all other matters while discharging their duties, as about 12.2million workers die globally of Non- Communicable Diseases, while still in active service.
Director, Occupational Health, Food Hygiene and Safety Unit, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Dr. Festus Adetonwa, gave this charge during a lecture on “Health and Safety and the future of work”, held at the Governor’s Office Press Centre, Oke-Mosan , Abeokuta, in commemoration of the 2019 World Safety at Workplace Day.
Dr. Adetonwa said workers must take adequate care of their physical, mental and social well being, in order to enjoy their retirement urging, them to embrace healthy lifestyle, give priority to quality over quantity in their nutrition, avoid drug abuse, exercise regularly, as well as go for check-up, at least once in a year.
According to him, early diagnosis and periodic medical examinations would help detect some medical conditions and promptly treated thereby saving lives as well as cost of treating such conditions when they are full-blown, adding that between four and six percent of world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is usually affected due to health and safety reasons.
He clarified that some medical tests such as; urinalysis and breast cancer are affordable, while some like tuberculosis are free, counselling workers to also participate in the health scheme available around them which he said was beneficial to them.
Dr. Adetanwa further enjoined workers, whose families have history of hypertension and diabetes, to go for regular check up, as early detection of the two silent killers would prevent untimely death, noting that those with such family history have 25 percent chance of developing the medical conditions.
The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Waheed Adesina lauded the lecturer for shedding more light on healthy living, noting that the knowledge gained would enable workers take informed decisions on their health, which in turn would help them while in service and after retirement.