Ministry Partner DSS On Reducing Hazards
- Written by Oluwafemi Olowookere
The Federal Ministry of Health is partnering with the Department of State Services (DSS) to reduce the occupational health hazards that usually occur during their operations.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole made this known while speaking at the 2017 Annual Health Summit with the theme: ‘Mitigating Occupational Hazards of DSS Operatives’ organized by the Department of State Services (Medical Services Department) at the Institute of Security Services, Lower Usuma Dam, Abuja.
The Minister said that the Ministry of Health was committed to work with the DSS in finding solutions to the health challenges faced by the DSS officers during operations.
He said that the partnership would look at the data on DSS occupational hazards, causes of the risk and how to prevent them.
Adewole said: “We need to control hazards in work places, we need to protect you and all of us. We would also look at some important issues that cause morbidity and mortality”.
He said that data on the occupational health hazards victims is very important, adding that the Ministry would work together with the DSS to generate data, though may not be published but it would help the two organizations to fine-tune strategies on how to avert some of the occurrences.
He noted that the partnership would ensure that workers are placed in conducive atmosphere and would maintain high level of standard with respect to health and safety.
He said: “We would look at health information system, we would look at service delivery, we would look at medicines and commodities, we would look at how to develop human resources in the health sector and how to fund occupational health hazards”.
The Minister called for continuous engagement with the DSS on a forum like this to encourage cross fertilization of Ideas and knowledge, regular counseling on the entire DSS work, screening for communicable and non- communicable diseases as well as training and re-training of officers of the Service,
“As a Ministry we have responsibility, we are in charge of policies, we would work with you to see how we can do things together and how we can provide technical support, how we can conduct research, how we can build capacity of your staff so that we can be on the same page”. He stressed.
Adewole however enjoined the DSS to also partner with State and Local Governments and other sister agencies as well as related Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with a view to reducing occupational health hazards.
In his remarks, the Director General, State Services (DGSS), Lawal M. Daura said that the objectives of the summit were to enhance the capacity for managing personnel with work related problems and other challenges and equally to have various stakeholders in the health sector to deliberate on the DSS health safety during operations.