Managing Director, Vivo Energy Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Faulkner, launching the campaign, said it was critical because road accidents were accounting for more deaths than diseases in the country, and it was prudent for all, especially authorities, to pay attention on the issue and intensify measures to curtail it.
He said Vivo Energy, in collaboration with the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and other road safety stakeholders, would continue to educate and provide the needed tools and logistics to drivers to ensure that innocent lives were saved on the roads.The executive director said statistics showed that 2,076 people died in road traffic accidents in 2017, which is eight people less than the 2,084 people killed in 2016, adding that out of the number, 8,080 commercial vehicles were involved, 8,877 private vehicles, and 3,487 motorcycles.
He explained that reasons attributed to the menace by health professionals was the failing health of drivers, such as hypertension, diabetes and their complications, including strokes, heart attacks and increased fatigue.
Faulkner expressed concern about drivers who resort to self-medication, instead of periodic medical check-ups at approved health centres, saying it posed health risks on them and the passengers.
He stated that Vivo Energy Ghana had the vision of becoming Africa’s most respected energy business, and this would be achieved through a conscious effort of touching the lives of every Ghanaian through their people-centred community investment initiatives.
Member of Parliament for Ledzokuku Krowor, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye indicated that blood pressure was a time bomb which did not come with symptoms, unlike fever, and urged drivers to go for regular check-ups and check on their diets.He mentioned stress as the major cause of hypertension, urging all and sundry, especially the drivers, to have time for rest, to improve their health.The drivers were educated on the importance of road safety and also screened for hypertension and diabetes, which, according to health professionals, were basic occupational health risk factors, to reduce traffic road crashes in the country.
May Obiri-Yeboah, the Executive Director of NRSC, said road crashes, according to the World Health Organisation, were a public health issue, and encouraged the drivers to obey road safety rules to avoid any crashes.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah encouraged drivers to rest after long hours of driving because it helped them to rejuvenate their body and continue with their journey.