More Than 20 CIMAS Employees Test Positive For COVID-19, Company Closes All Walk-in Services

AT least 22 CIMAS Medical Aid  employees have tested positive for COVID-19, a move which has pushed CIMAS to close all Medical Aid walk in centres. By Michael Gwarisa One of the company’s receptionist tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday this week, prompting a random testing session which unearthed the other 21 cases. CIMAS Medical Aid Chief Executive Officer Mr Vulindlela Ndlovu said in a statement that contact tracing and testing subsequently revealed that other members of staff had been exposed to the virus as they had been in the…

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#BREAKING: CIMAS Receptionist Tests Positive For COVID-19

A CIMAS Medical Aid receptionist has tested positive for COVID-19 during  the organisation’s  routine and random testing. By Michael Gwarisa The staffer tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday the 16 July 2020 and contact tracing and testing subsequently revealed that other members of staff had been exposed to the virus as they had been in the same work area with the staff member who had tested positive. The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Vulindlela L. Ndlovu said though a CIMAS Bulletin that the case was subsequently handed over to…

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#BREAKING: Cimas Announces Cover For COVID-19 Positive Members

CIMAS Medical Aid Society has announced that it will provide any of its members who test positive for COVID-19 with medical aid cover for subsequent treatment and clearance tests at the end of their treatment. By Kuda Pembere The cover, which is subject to the benefit levels provided for in the member’s medical aid package, includes admission to any hospital approved for COVID-19 patients, treatment in an intensive care unit within the hospital, all prescription drugs in and out of hospital and up to three clearance tests, in line with…

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Cimas Launches iGo Wellness Hub

CIMAS Medical Aids has launched the  iGo Hub offering integrated health and wellness products for its members. By Kudakwashe Pembere Housed at Borrowdale Race Course, the iGo Hub for health and wellness buffs comes barely four years after the launch of iGo. “iGo was launched in 2016 as part of our new thrust to ensure that our members live longer healthier lives.  Externally, this new direction was influenced by the overall theme of SDG3 which is “to ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages’,” said…

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Medical Aid Coverage Drops Below 10 Percent

MEDICAL Aid coverage among Zimbabweans as of last year must have dropped from the previous figure of 10 percent owing to the continued economic decline  greatly reducing citizens’ capacity to spend and invest towards their healthcare. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) issued new pricing guidelines in November last year to cushion members against huge co-payments and shortfalls. The adjusted rates have prompted  members to either downgrade packages or drop health insurance completely. Responding to HealthTimes,  Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe chief executive officer…

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Prohibition Of Service Provision By Medical Aid Societies Challenged

CIMAS Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Vuli Ndlovu on Thursday vented his reservations on the Medical Aid Regulatory Bill prohibiting medical aid societies into service provision. By Kudakwashe Pembere With medical service providers lobbying for this move, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has pushed for this bill to be approved by Cabinet. Speaking at an information campaign launch at CIMAS head office, Mr Ndlovu said he is against the prohibition part. “The next issue I want to say on the bill is the story coming out…

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CIMAS Launches Campaign To Demystify Medical Aid Misconceptions

CIMAS Medical Aid Society on Thursday launched an information campaign to address the stereotypes about medical aid societies. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dubbed ‘Secure With Us’, the campaign also seeks to increase awareness to their services along with steps taken to add value to them. CIMAS Group Chief Executive Vuli Ndlovu said the primary concern was to promote health of its members and ensure access to affordable quality healthcare. As part of our strategy to preserve and add value to the services that we offer we have restructured our medical aid…

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Forex Challenges Hamper Cimas Operations

CIMAS Group chief executive officer Mr Vulindlela Ndlovu says the volatile local currency coupled with forex scarcity detrimentally affect their operations which heavily rely on imports. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this on the sidelines of the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s familiarization tour of their laboratories. “We are basically here to allow our stakeholders to tour our laboratories and to show them what is happening here. And we are delighted that the minister could be the guest of honour today. He had a familiarization tour to…

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All Set For 20th Annual Board of Healthcare Funders conference

PREPARATIONS to the 20th annual Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of southern Africa conference to be held in Capetown, South Africa form July 21 to 24, 2019 are in place amidst indications that the gathering will attract participation from most African countries. By Michael Gwarisa The conference is set to explore a future-focused approach to healthcare. The theme of the conference, Convergence 2030 – Healthcare reimagined, will reflect on the past 20 years and define the desirable future for healthcare systems for the year 2030 and the role of convergence…

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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…

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