Members of Parliament in Ghana will soon get a gymnasium within the precincts of the Job 600 building where their offices are located for easy access to enhance their fitness.
Speaker Professor Michael Oquaye announced this on the floor of Parliament on Thursday that a contract has been awarded and signed for Parliament to be fitted with the proper training equipment to enable MPs have regular exercise to improve their health conditions.
The Speaker’s announcement followed a statement made on the Floor of the House by the Member of Parliament for the Ledzorkuku Constituency, Dr. Bernard Oko Boye , to commemorate the World Hypertension day which is observed on the 17th May of every year.
Dr. Oko Boye, in his statement, indicated that, “Thirty percent of all Ghanaian adults have been determined to be hypertensive.” Adding that, “by this statistics, approximately ninety two (92) members of this honorable House are supposed to be hypertensive with only thirty out of this number knowing their status.”
MP cum medical doctor further cited a research by medical doctors at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital which estimate that, “Seventy (70) percent of all deaths at the hospital are caused by hypertensive conditions. Seven times out of ten, hypertension is the culprit when you hear of an adult who lost his/her life.”
He advised that every adult ought to know about his status in order to prevent any sudden negative conditions caused by High Blood Pressure since according to him, “High Blood Pressure gives no signs or symptoms to signal its presence. It operates stealthily, causing harm secretly.”
Dr. Oko Boye and the rest of the Medical Doctors among the MPs offered a free medical check up for their fellow MPs to expose any hidden cases of Hypertension among them.
He also ceased the occasion to announce a book he has written on Hypertension titled, High Blood Pressure in Black People”, a material with adequate, simple information on how to manage it and stay alive.
Contributing to the statement, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, pushed for the provision of other additional facilities such as a restaurant and day care center to further enhance the work of parliamentarians to help reduce the source of their pressure and stress that predisposes them to Hypertensive conditions.
Source: Clement Akoloh/afriwakeradio.com