Cimas Opens Lafarge Manresa Clinic

CIMAS has opened a state of the art clinic at Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe’s Manresa factory to cater for the public health needs of Lafarge employees and the surrounding community.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

Officiating the event on behalf of CIMAS Chairperson Mr Luke Ngwerume, Mr Bart Mswaka said the clinic was open to members and non members and is one of their 12 clinics operating under their Healthcare Services Division.

“Full credit must go to LaFarge whose brainchild this clinic is. A while ago, we were approached by LaFarge to go into this joint venture, and the results as you will see have been nothing short of amazing. This has been made possible by the great working relationship we enjoy with our partner LaFarge,” he said.

LaFarge Zimbabwe chief executive officer Mr Kaziwe Kaulule said in the countries he has worked, the Manresa clinic was a cut above the rest.

“I have been here in Zimbabwe for about five months and in all the countries I have worked for La Farge in Africa and elsewhere this is the best clinic I have seen,” he said.

Giving the background of the clinic, he said their company is dedicated in giving their workers and families good health services.

“Allow me share the background to the Manresa Clinic. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is reputed for high standards of health and safety in the day to day running of the business and this is a principle we extend to our contractors, suppliers and to the communities we operate in. We have a wellness policy that covers a range of pertinent employee wellness matters ranging from non-communicable disease management, maternal health care  as well as mental health promotion.

“This approach is motivated by the company’s thrust to uphold employee health as a key enabler for productivity of the business as well as the personal success of our employees,” he said.

He added, “Against this background, many years ago a company clinic was established at Lafarge to offer  medical support for the plant in conducting annual medicals, emergency response for the plant and primary care for employees.

“Manned by a small team of nurses, and a part time medical doctor, Manresa Clinic was also central to the HIV/AIDS program for the organization.

As the company has grown over the years, our requirement for periodic occupational health assessments and other wellness support has increased. Also the scope of the company’s wellness programme has equally grown thereby necessitating the need for onsite comprehensive health care.

“The company therefore, in 2016, took a decision to outsource the clinic with the strategic objective of providing a comprehensive medical package for the workforce and their families.  Added to this business case, the growing community around our operation would also set to benefit from a private health service provider with  the capacity of serving beyond the company’s confines.”

Mr  Kaulule also said they were impressed with CIMAS services as they have similar ethos.

“When CIMAS presented their proposal for the Clinic, we found common ground in the ethos of the two organisations; that is our care for the people we serve. Their vision of the Clinic elaborated a committed to stellar healthcare for our employees, their families and the community at large. Furthermore, their market presence in innovative wellness products such as iGo gave us great confidence that CIMAS would be the ideal partner for this project,” he said.

The Manresa Clinic will be having consultation rooms for immediate diagnosis and clinical management of patients, patient education, counselling and ongoing monitoring , an onsite doctor on a full time basis, fully equipped pharmacy with adequate supply of drugs, clinical supplies and equipment and good maintenance of infrastructure and quality services.

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