Lagos State government has disclosed that of 801 commercial drivers screened for hard drugs through urinary test, 442 representing, 55 per cent, tested positive. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, made the disclosure at a ministerial press briefing at Alausa, Ikeja, on the activities of his ministry in the last one year.
According to Idris, the state Ministry of Health has been engaging its transportation counterpart in securing health and safety of commercial drivers and conductors.
He said this was to reduce the prevalence of road traffic accidents and ensure the safety of residents. He said the drivers were also at different times, screened for hypertension and diabetics, among other ailments. Idris stated that the screening was carried out in some specific motor parks in the state in December last year. According to him, breathalysers were used to screen 929 commercial drivers to know the level of alcohol intakes. He said of this number, 202, representing 22 per cent, tested positive to alcohol, while 801 drivers screened through urinary test, 442, representing 55 per cent tested positive.