Firms challenged to invest in health

One of the country’s occupational medicine practitioners, Yotamu Moyo, has challenged companies to invest in health risk assessment and medical surveillance programmes for their businesses to grow.

Moyo made the call in Blantyre on Friday during a Mental Health Training for Central East African Railways (Cear) members of staff.

Moyo said ascertaining work place safety would help minimise cases ill health and injuries; hence, boosting productivity.

“As you know, much of the capital of any organisation is run by people. It is important that the people are in good health if production is to increase,” Moyo said.

He said the country’s Occupational Safety and Health Welfare Act requires all workplaces in the country to provide a healthy and safe environment for their employees.

“Health risk assessment looks at factors that would lead to ill health and injury at work place while the health surveillance programme is the other step that is done after identifying the risks for an effective intervention,” he said.

Cear Health, Safety and Environment Supervisor, Friday Kapito, said they decided to check employees’ mental health by tackling issues of depression, fatigue, alcohol and abuse of other drug substances.

“Mental health is costly to employers and that’s why we want to have health employees for them to be productive. They should make proper decisions to minimise accidents in the work place, protect company equipment and most importantly, life, as you know we value life at Cear,” Kapito said.

Cear held the mental health training as part of the Global Health Week.

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