The Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has reiterated its commitment towards improved quality healthcare for Civil Servants through the adoption of lifestyles that will promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office (SWO), Dr. Ngozi Onwudiwe, in the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, who is represented by the Director, Occupational Health Safety and Environment, Mrs. Titilayo Agbeyo, stated this at a two-day sensitization programme for public/ civil servants on “Healthy lifestyle and Prevention of Sudden Death” held on the 23rd and 24th of November 2021 in Abuja.

She lamented that the incidence of sudden death and stroke among government workers is on the increase and that majority of these deaths could be prevented with adoption of healthy lifestyles such as good nutrition, adequate exercise and regular medical checks.

Dr. Onwudiwe also said that the Office of the Head of Service is poised at supporting workers to maintain good health throughout their years of service and even after retirement.

The Permanent Secretary further said that the Service Welfare Office has identified clear strategies in the Federal Civil Service Strategies and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) 2021-2025 that will enable the achievement of this goal.

She revealed that to ensure sustainability of the sensitization programme, the Office of the Head of Service, is in the process of setting up an Employee Wellness Centre within the Head of Service complex to host regular health promotion seminars for government workers.

Presentations were made on the following topics;

-          Avoiding a Sedentary Lifestyle and its Complications

-          Physical Fitness

-          Maintaining Healthy Nutrition within a Budget

-          Natural Immune Booster – A precursor to Healthy Living

-          Importance of First Aid Procedures

-          Coping with Work-related Stress

During the course of the presentation participants were encouraged to make smart food choices, engage in regular and medical check-ups to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

In her closing remarks the Director, Occupational Health Safety and Environment, emphasized on the importance of wellbeing and advised all participants to put to good use all that was discussed during the sensitization programme

She added that the overall wellbeing of workers will enhance effective service delivery and productivity in the Civil Service.


Agiri Nene Blessing

For: Director Press & Public Relations

24th November, 2021.