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Ghana: Commercial drivers urged to seek regular medical care

Commercial drivers have been advised to seek regular medical check-ups at approved health centres to be informed of their health status for safe driving.

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This was announced when Vivo Energy Ghana, the Shell licensee, launched a wellness and road safety education programme dubbed ‘Fit2Drive’ for commercial drivers in Accra.

The Fit²Drive Road Safety Campaign, among other activities will educate, sensitise and screen commercial drivers at selected bus terminals in Accra and Tema for basic occupational health conditions associated with their work to help reduce road traffic accidents.

Launching the programme, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Ebenezer Faulkner commented on the increase in road traffic accidents and advised drivers to be sensitive to their health conditions and seek appropriate medical attention for safe driving.

“Among the many reasons attributed to road traffic accidents by health professionals is the failing health of drivers. Chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and their complications such as strokes, heart attacks and increased fatigue are direct risk factors for road safety accidents as they lower the productivity of drivers,” says Faulkner.

Following the launch, a team of health professionals from Doctors for Road Safety screened and counseled commercial drivers at the Tema Station in Accra.

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