Over 3, 000 drivers in Bayelsa are set to benefit from a medical outreach on eye check-up and High Blood Pressure test organised by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.
The Sector Commander, FRSC in Bayelsa, Mr Ikechukwu Igwe, disclosed this at the kickoff of the Corps’ 2019 Quarterly Health Week tagged: “Good Sight, Essential for Safe Motoring and Accident Reduction’’ which was held at the Tombia Junction Park Branch of the Road Transport Employees Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
According to Igwe, rhe outreach was organised to check the health status of taxi, bus, tricycle and tipper-trucks operators so as to promote safer roads during the Easter period.
Igwe said, “We started the programme on Tuesday with our staff; the move was to make 2019 accident-free in Bayelsa. There is need for the drivers to know their health status as we approach Easter.
“This is for all drivers in Tombia, Ekeki, Oxbow Lake Garage and Swali Market Tipper-Truck Park in the state. They include operators of keke, tipper-truck, taxi, bus, among others. “You know the drivers, they don’t have time to take good care of their health; they are always on the road. When a person has High Blood Pressure, it might affect the individual’s eyes.
“Most of these drivers do not even know their Hepatitis B status and it’s not good to be on the road with bad sight. The programme is our own initiative and I believe before the end of the exercise, over 3, 000 drivers will benefit.
One of the beneficiaries of the outreach, Mr Williams Grubia, gave the FRSC thumbs up for a job well done.