Naomi Gabriel —
The Nigerian Ministry of Works and Housing yesterday in Abuja organized a one-day Workshop on Health Matters for Directors of the Ministry.
According to Blessing Lere-Adams, Director, Press and Public Relations on stress management, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, work-life balance and Cardiac Arrest, the workshop was organized in recognition of the important roles Directors play in their fields and their capacity in managing the staff and material resources of their departments.
Permanent Secretary Of the Ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali also said that the objective of the workshop is to create awareness of early detection of some health-related challenges that are life-threatening diseases before they become intractable.
He added that the Ministry has had a robust plan as part of its efforts to improve the welfare and general well-being of its staff as part of its reward system.
“It is my pleasure to underline that the health plan which initially began as a bi-monthly routine medical check-up has been scaled up to include an annual health talk for all staff of the Ministry”, he said.
Alkali encouraged the Directors to reap the full benefits of the health talk and promised that the health talk workshop would be extended to other categories of staff of the Ministry.
Some of the important health topics discussed included: Prevention and Control of Hypertension, Economic Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Discussed extensively also were, kidney functions, failure and treatment, modern methods of diabetic management, sudden death and technology of medical devices.
Others are high cholesterol and physical exercise for fitness, finance, wellness and stress-free investments were emphasized.