The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) recently hosted an enlightenment workshop in Lagos to address the issue of rejected medical certificates for seafarers. The workshop aimed to equip seafarers, employers, and other maritime stakeholders with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the strict medical requirements set by international maritime authorities. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, emphasized the importance of seafarer safety and well-being in the maritime industry. He stated that maintaining high medical standards and certifications is not only a legal requirement but also crucial for protecting the lives of those working at sea.
The workshop covered various topics, including an overview of medical fitness standards and guidelines, updates on the latest medical advancements and guidelines, and understanding the medical examination process for seafarers. Additionally, approved doctors received medical screening forms, plaques, and certificates to aid in their screening of seafarers. The event also provided an opportunity for networking among medical and maritime practitioners.
Overall, the workshop aimed to address concerns regarding the rejection of medical certificates and ensure that all stakeholders are well-informed about seafarers’ medical certification. By providing the necessary knowledge and tools, NIMASA hopes to help seafarers meet the stringent medical requirements set by international maritime authorities and ensure the safety and well-being of those working in the maritime industry.