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Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘Why Nigeria must urgently ban asbestos like other countries’

Mr Julius Akpong is a seasoned safety professional and HSE Manager at Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria Ltd. In this short interview with Safety Record’s John Ogunsemore, he explains why the Nigerian government must emulate many other countries in urgently banning the use of asbestos. Excerpt. What’s asbestos? Asbestos is a fibrous material. Because of its high ability to withstand heat, it...

Putting a Stop to Suicide among Workers, Youths in Nigeria

Psychiatrist, Dr Moyosore
The increasing occurrence of suicide among workers and youths in the country is a revelation of despair and agony that had probably gone on in the minds of victims for days or months before the incident. No one anticipates that the precious gift of life should be taken away in such a manner. While many of these incidents have...

Experts urge FG to sign Mental Health Bill, decry low number of psychiatrists

Mental Health Bill
Against the backdrop of incessant suicide incidents in the country, psychiatrists in the country are pushing for quick long-lasting action as they called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to sign the Mental Health Bill into law. Nigeria has been struggling to formulate a modern mental health law since 2003 to replace the old Lunacy Act of 1958. According to experts,...

Bauchi: 2 water packaging factories face NAFDAC sanction over infractions

Prof Mojisola Adeyeye of NAFDAC
Two water packaging factories in Bauchi state have been subjected to disciplinary action by the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) over various infractions. The agency disclosed this in a Saturday, July 20 statement signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Abubakar Jimoh. NAFDAC said it shut Ummi Salama Table Water, a package water factory in Azare,...

Hospital environment must be safe, secured for smooth operations – UCH boss

UCH Ibadan
The Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, says that smooth running of a hospital would be impossible without assuring the safety and security of patients, staff and visitors. Otegbayo stated this at the end of a two-day training workshop for the institution's security personnel on Wednesday in Ibadan. According to him, the training was a necessary step...

Worker shoots self dead after 4 months without pay

suicide gun
A worker, Amos Mboni, has shot himself to death after his employers failed to pay his salary for four months. The 56-year-old Zimbabwean man was working as a security guard manning Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) offices in Bulawayo when he shot himself three times with a revolver provided by the organisation. The incident occurred at his work station located at Zimra...

Pollution: Health Audit Must Be Carried Out In Niger Delta – CSOs

Bayelsa oil spill
Health audit must be carried out across the various communities in the Niger Delta region as part of efforts to address the menace of environmental pollution and degradation, some civil society organisations (CSOs) have demanded. They made the demand during a roundtable programme with the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission (BSOEC) on Tuesday, May 21 in Yenagoa. Safety Record can...

National Patient Safety Guide Will Be Developed – Health Minister

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the ministry would soon develop the National Patient Safety Guide to improve healthcare delivery in the nation. He said that the guide would help to address the ambiguity surrounding the understanding of the field in the country. Adewole disclosed this while delivering an address on “Patient’s Safety in Nigeria” at the...

OAU says water from polluted dam now safe

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has assured members of the university community and other stakeholders of the safety of water from its Opa dam. According to a Monday statement from the institution’s Registrar, Mrs. M.I. Omosule, suspected land grabbers polluted the dam with chemicals, leading to the death of several fishes and other aquatic animals. She disclosed that the...

Heavy Load, Improper Lifting Can Cause Back, Neck Pain – Safety Expert Warns

WSO Nigeria
The Deputy Director, World Safety Organisation (WSO) Nigeria Office, Dr Okunola Olusola, has warned against carrying of heavy loads and improper lifting of objects. According to the safety expert, carrying of heavy loads can overstrain neck and joint ligaments at old age and improper lifting of objects can strain the spine. Olusola gave the warning in a chat with News Agency...