Let’s prevent workplace accidents and diseases – Prof. Barku

Cape Coast, Professor Victor Yao Atsu Barku, the Director of Programmes and Planning at Health & Safety Ghana (HESAG), has called on employers, employees and regulatory authorities to do more to ensure workplace accidents and diseases were reduced drastically in Ghana.

The recent global figures released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on deaths resulting from workplace accidents and diseases showed an increase from the previous estimate of 2.3 million deaths per year to a new estimate of 2.8 million deaths.

Prof. Barku, who was part of HESAG’s delegation to the just ended 21st World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore, disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast.

He expressed the belief that Ghana must adopt the Vision Zero Concept for prevention of workplace diseases and accidents.

He said currently, occupational health and safety issues did not receive the necessary attention it deserved as majority of Ghana’s legal provisions on Occupational Health and Safety were limited in scope.

The Factories, Offices and Shops Act 1970, Act 328, and the Mining Regulations 1970, LI 665, which have driven occupational health and safety implementation in the manufacturing, shipping and mining sectors till now require huge modifications, he said.

Sharing his experience from the congress, Prof Berku, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cape Coast, said the congress was an eye-opener for delegates from developing countries, particularly Africa.

It was an occasion to share experiences and ideas with Occupational Safety and Health professionals from other countries on how to promote a global vision of prevention, he said.

The congress, he said, also served as a platform for networking with other stakeholder organisations, learning new technologies for resolving workplace health and safety issues and international best practices of preventing injuries and accidents.

The congress was held from September 3 – 6 and was attended by about 4000 delegates from 38 countries around the world. It was on the theme: “A Global Vision of Prevention.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

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ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has revealed that the Ghana government has secured funding of US$45.7 million for the rehabilitation and expansion of several water supply systems across the country, as a means of realising government’s agenda of Water for All.

According to Akufo-Addo, out of this amount, we are spending $1.2 million, i.e. GH5 million, for the rehabilitation of the water system of Nalerigu, $1.1 million for rehabilitation of the water system for Gambaga, and $1.3 for the rehabilitation of the water system at Walewale. All of these works will begin before the end of this year.

He said this during a courtesy call on the overlord of Mamprugu land, the Nayiri, Naa Bohogu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga, at the commencement of his 3-day tour of the Northern Region.

On the extension of electricity, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned the fact that the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions have the least coverage of electricity in Ghana. My government is determined to rectify that.

Between this year and next year, 447 communities are going to have electricity extended to them in the Northern Region, and this includes communities in East Mamprusi.

Whilst assuring them of the construction of 5 major roads in Mamprugu land, President Akufo-Addo also indicated that the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama is determined to continue the reform of local government in the country, to take into account developments of population and the economy.

She has decided that she is going to re-designate 6 districts as municipalities. East Mamprusi and West Mamprusi are going to be Municipalities, and no longer districts. Two new districts are also going to be created in the Northern Region � Nanton and Yunyoo, he said.

Touching on the issues of Dagbon and Bimbilla, President Akufo-Addo told the Nayiri that as the eldest son of Naa Gbewaa, you have a particular responsibility in the matter.

The President, thus, appealed to the Nayiri, as one of the three eminent Chiefs � Otumfuo Asantehene, the Yagbonwura and yourself � who are working on bringing lasting peace to Dagbon, to intensify your efforts and work even harder to make sure that, at this year’s Damba Festival, in Yendi, we will have a new Ya Naa presiding over the festival.

He reiterated the commitment of his government to give maximum support for whatever formula and efforts the three eminent Chiefs bring about to resolve the issue in Dagbon.

We will give you full support to make sure that the negotiations and understandings come to a fruitful conclusion. President Akufo-Addo, in concluding, appealed for the support of all Ghanaians, as he works to put the country onto the path of progress and prosperity.

I need the support of all of you, whether you voted for me or did not, whether you have supported my party or have not supported my party.

In the period of my mandate, I will need your support so that together we can rebuild Ghana and let the Black Star shine and shine again.