Vivo Energy Ghana, in collaboration with the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has launched a wellness and fitness campaign for commercial drivers in the country as part of efforts to curtail the recent spate of carnage on the road in Accra.
The ‘Fit2Drive Road Safety Campaign’ will reach out to drivers across the country to embrace the habit of going for regular check-ups for chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and fatigue – which are direct factors for road accidents as they lower the strength and capacity of drivers.
Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Ebenezer Faulkner, speaking at the launch event said the campaign is part of a conscious effort to partner stakeholders in the transport sector to educate, sensitise and provide the needed tools and logistics to ensure innocent lives are not lost on the roads.
“At Vivo Energy, we aim to create lasting social and economic benefits for our communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust. Reducing road accidents is not only the responsibility of the National Road Safety Commission, but the collective responsibility of all of us to ensure our roads are safe for all.
“I want to encourage all drivers gathered here today to participate, and invite their colleagues to participate, in this wellness and road safety campaign to know their health status before sitting behind the wheel. This way, we can save lives.”
According to the National Road Safety Commission, a total of 2,076 people died in road traffic accidents in 2017. This is eight people less than the 2,084 people killed in 2016. The breakdown of category for motor vehicles involved is 8,080 commercial vehicles, 8,887 private vehicles, and 3,487 motorcycles.
Among the many reasons attributed for this menace by health professionals is the failing health of drivers with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes – and their complications such as strokes, heart-attacks and increased fatigue are direct risk-factors for the road safety accidents as they lower the productivity of drivers, especially commercial drivers.
Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, May Obiri Yeboah, in her remarks, advised drivers to go for regular checkups, be cautious of what they eat, and exercise regularly to ensure they are healthy enough before they sit behind the wheel.
Ms. Obiri Yeboah also asked drivers to visit the hospital as often as they take their car to the mechanic.
Another worrying trend is drivers who resort to self-medication instead of periodic medical check-ups at approved health centres. In recent times, it is very common to see drivers take drugs either before or after a trip – with little or no attention to the immediate side effects of the medicine, and how it could impair driving. When our drivers drive under the influence of drugs (including some prescription and over-the-counter medications) it poses a danger to them, their passengers and other road users.
The Fit2Drive Campaign is also supported by key transporters”, namely J.K Horgle Transport, S.O Frimpong Transport and J.K Ahiadome Transport, Doctors for Road Safety (DFRS) and the Red Cross Society.
Vivo Energy Ghana has the vision of becoming Africa’s most respected energy business. we understand that one of the ways to achieve this is through a conscious effort of touching the lives of every Ghanaian through our people-centred community investment initiatives.