Dr. Abdul-Samed Tanko
Dr. Abdul-Samed Tanko

Cardiologist on why workers need to take annual leave and use the period to rest

Ghanaian workers have been encouraged to take their annual leave from work and use the period to rest since such breaks are very essential in healthy living.


The Head of the Cardiology Unit at the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Abdul-Samed Tanko who made the call said lack of rest was part of the major factors causing many people to develop hypertension, one of the leading factors responsible for many heart-related conditions, including kidney failures.

For him, many Ghanaian workers fear to take their leave on the basis that when they take their leave, others will take their place or juicy deals, hence remaining at post without going on leave.

In a radio interview on Accra based 3FM on Friday afternoon, [Sept 29, 2023], Dr Tanko said it is worrying that some workers have been at post for more than six years without going on leave.

He explained that good rest, including good sleep was key to healthy lifestyle and that people who do not sleep are more vulnerable to developing hypertension. 

For Dr Tanko, hypertension remains one of the topmost factors causing cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.

He has, therefore, admonished Ghanaian workers to have good rest, eat well, exercise regularly and avoid excessive salts and sugary foods to enable them to maintain good health.

"Don’t take work home; lack of sleep is directed with hypertension," he said.

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