The company operates its own clinic with a qualified clinical officer, six nurses and six support staff. We have a fully stocked pharmacy and all medical services and prescription drugs at the clinic are free of charge to employees. This service is also available to the local community at subsidised prices. In addition, we have a family planning clinic where weekly sessions are held for mothers and children.
In the fight against HIV Aids, the company has a voluntary counselling and testing centre (VCT) with two staff trained to perform the necessary tests and counseling of patients. At present we cannot dispense anti retroviral drugs (ARVs) as we do not have the necessary qualified staff , but we are currently in communication with an NGO involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV to set up a satellite station where ARV 's will be dispensed to the community.
In addition, the clinic was recently boosted when the company purchased a new ambulance, which is available 24/7 to handle medical emergencies.
The clinic handles approximately 1,000 cases per month, of which approximately 50 per cent are from the local community. This costs the company around US $ 120,000 per annum. In addition the company provides limited in-hospital medical care insurance for employees and their families.