Employ Psychiatrists to examine construction sector workers-Nurse


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By
Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA

Takoradi, Sept. 11, GNA – Mrs Sarah
Boatemaah Frimpong, a Registered Mental Health Nurse with the Tafo Government
Hospital has called on corporate bodies and people in the construction industry
to employ the services of Psychiatrists and Psychologists to examine employees.

She indicated that most workers within the
construction sector often abused hard drugs such as marijuana, tramadol,
cocaine and other narcotic substances that increased mental related sicknesses
among such people.

The Mental Health Nurse said such hard drugs
had negative effects on the brain with its associated traumatic conditions that
greatly affected the well-being and productive lives of people.

Mrs Frimpong was speaking at a programme
organised by the Youth Sector Engagement Group under the YIEDIE project on
“Health, Security, Safety and Environment in the Construction Sector in
Ghana”.

The programme brought together youth groups
within the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis to dialogue on how key stakeholders
could join forces to come up with strategic decisions about health, safety,
security and environmental management in the industry.

Ms Ethel Serwaa Boateng, of the Youth Sector
Engagement Group said the project was designed to create awareness on wrongs in
the construction sector, facilitate institutional compliance on Health and
safety practices and become the converging point for youth in constrict
start-ups and established businesses.

She added that mental health of youth in
Ghana’s construction sector was an issue of concern due to the high incidence
of drug abuse among most youth in the sector.

Mr Abraham Techie-Menson, the
Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Director of Health described the programme as an
eye opener for stakeholders to pay attention to the mental health needs of the
youth.

GNA


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