The Federal Government has called on the Federal Public Servants in the country to ensure regular and complete check up of their health in order to ensure punctuality and effective service delivery.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Mrs. Winifred Oyo- Ita made the call today in Abuja when she declared open a five day free medical check-up for Federal Civil Servants in the country.
She said that most of the reported cases of collapse of some workers either on their way to their respective offices or during office hours could be attributed to lack of proper medical check-ups by workers to determine their health status.
Mrs. Oyo – Ita advised workers to always create time out of their busy schedules to ensure that they have a thorough medical check-up of their health especially in recent times when there are reported cases all over the world of increase in hypertension among the adult population, and other related contagious diseases that can be so devastating if not dictated at the earlier stage for possible and proper medical attention.
Workers she stressed further should seize the opportunity of the five day free medical check -up to ensure that they know their health status.
The Head of Service who used the opportunity to check up her health status assured of government’s determination of ensuring a healthy workforce which would be committed to providing effective, efficient and prompt services to Nigerians. Adding that the free medical check-up would be a regular one.
Speaking earlier, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in charge of the Federal Government Staff Hospital, in the Federal Secretariat Phase 11, Abuja, Dr. Vivian Okafor said that the exercise was organized to give workers the opportunity to to know their health status for possible medical attention.
She said that recent report indicates that about 35% (per cent) of Nigerian adults are hypertensive and this she believe would include the Federal Public servants whose schedule of work does not allow them to have the proper medical attention they require.
Dr. Okafor stressed the need for continued sensitization of workers and Nigerians for regular medical checkups in order to know their health status and possible reduction in their health expenses.
Assistant Director (Media Relations)
For: Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
15th April, 2016.