Blewusi Akpalu, a physician on Housemanship at the Narh Bita Hospital in Tema, has advised workers to endeavour to exercise at least once a week to keep their bodies healthy at all times.
Exercising, he said, did not necessarily require the use of equipment or going to the gym but even brisk walking for at least 30 minutes could prevent diseases in the body.
Mr. Akpalu said this before a three-hour health walk by members of the Tema Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) as part of the Union’s new strategy to keep members fit.
The walk, which was under the theme: A good healthy life, A Boost for Higher Productivity started at the Tema Metropolitan Assembly forecourt through some principal streets in Community One to the Tema Industrial Recreational Centre at Community Two.
Mr. Akpalu advised workers against giving away their annual leaves for money but to endeavour to use the annual leaves to rest and gain enough strength for the years ahead, saying although hard work increased productivity, overworking oneself could lead to the breakdown of the body.
He cautioned against self-medication, stressing that most liver and kidney complications were caused by drug abuse.
The Tema Regional Relations Officer of ICU, Eleazer Nyaunu, said the exercise would be conducted once every quarter to promote fitness among members.
As part of the programme, the Union presented a 13,000 litre capacity water PolyTank worth GH¢1,500 to Tema Polyclinic for storage of water for use during water rationing periods.
Mr. Nyaunu said the Union was touched upon hearing reports that pregnant women who went to the clinic for delivery, had to carry buckets looking for water when the taps were not flowing.
Mr. Edward Sagoe, Administrator of Tema Polyclinic, thanked the Union for the gesture and appealed to other organisations for assistance.