Unhealthy workplace leads to chronic illnesses —Expert

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The Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Professor Tokunbo Fabamwo has called on employers and employees to make the working environment as healthy as possible.

Fabamwo said that an unhealthy working environment can provoke some illnesses that are life-threatening and as such organisations must do everything within reach to ensure people derive job satisfaction.

Speaking in Lagos during a 2-day annual retreat of the Nigeria Institute of Medical Research, NIMR, Fabamwo who was Guest Speaker said that every organisation needed to put in place health screening mechanism to ensure workers are screened regularly for their good health.

“If the working environment is not conducive, it can lead to loss of job satisfaction, reduce productivity, absenteeism, stress. When someone is stressed, it can lead to depression or other chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes.

The emphasis now is to make our working environment as healthy, safe and conducive as possible because we spend about one-third of our lives in the office. It is also good to have a regular health screening programme for your workers so that those found to be sick are put on treatment to avoid cases of sudden death.

If the working environment is not conducive, it can lead to loss of job satisfaction, reduce productivity, absenteeism, stress. When someone is stressed, it can lead to depression or other chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes.

There is a general challenge for every agency everywhere in the world which is funding but in the last few years funding seems to have improved but mainly in the area of physical development and purchase of new equipment.”

However, the core area of research where researchers need funding to carry out research needs more support.

L.Nasir