The Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners (SPMDP) Ghana has urged the government to build the capacity of medical experts on occupational health to enable them respond appropriately to work related illnesses and injuries.
That, they explained, was the only way to ensure that adequate compensation was obtained for victims of work place injuries.
This was part of a communiqué issued at the end of the 38th Annual General meeting of the group on Sunday in Accra.
The four-day meeting was for the members to take stock of last year’s activities as well as plan for the year ahead.
It was on the theme: “Rising up to the challenges posed by Occupational Health issues in Ghana and impact on industry” of disability and claim.
They urged government to assist in training more occupational health practitioners to enable them increase advocacy at work places.
The group called for more sensitisation of employees working with hazardous materials and in high risk industries and locations to ensure that the necessary protective measures are put in place to ensure their safety.
They urged employers to continue rehabilitating the injured and possibly reinstate them to positions in other departments where they can still be useful and stressed for severe sanctions against employers and industries that fail to adhere to high standards of health and safety rules set by labour inspectors at workplaces.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu