CIMAS launches health plan for firms

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

CIMAS Med­i­cal Aid So­ci­ety has launched a health and well­ness plan “iGo”, a must for com­pa­nies as it re­sults in 100 per­cent com­mit­ment to work by em­ploy­ees and trans­lates to high pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The unique health scheme is meant to pro­mote healthy life­styles and pre­vent ill­nesses.

This comes at a time when most work­ers are fail­ing to ac­cess med­i­cal ser­vices given the chal­leng­ing macroe­co­nomic en­vi­ron­ment.

IGo is the first of its kind to be launched in the coun­try and is be­ing of­fered for a monthly sub­scrip­tion com­ing as a nat­u­ral med­i­cal fa­cil­ity where one main­tains good health by healthy eat­ing, ex­er­cis­ing, recre­ation and oth­ers.

Cimas Group mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive Mrs Nyengeterai Ma­haka said the ser­vice is aimed at build­ing a health­ier work­force for the in­dus­try not by treat­ing ill-health but by en­hanc­ing good health. “IGo is a new pro­gramme. It’s the first time to be launched in Zim­babwe and is aimed at build­ing a healthy na­tion and a health­ier work­force,” said Mrs Ma­haka.

She said most dis­eases that af­fect peo­ple are con­trol­lable and avoid­able hence there is no need to al­low the work­force to fall sick or die. “Well­ness is holis­tic,” added Mrs Ma­haka. “This is a health and well­ness pro­gramme to pro­mote a health­ier mem­ber­ship as it em­pow­ers them to live a health­ier life­style through im­ple­ment­ing well­ness pro­grammes that teach skills, strate­gies and tools to reach nu­tri­tion, fit­ness and health goals by cre­at­ing a well­ness-cen­tred cul­ture in our mem­ber firms.”

She said iGo re­duces em­ployee health­care costs, in­creases em­ployee pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duces ab­sen­teeism.

“This will pro­mote a health­ier and more sat­is­fied work­force as well as im­prove prof­itabil­ity,” she said.

Cimas chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr Dou­glas Gwatidzo said well­ness of a body is not only ab­sence of a dis­ease but the to­tal­ity of food, rest, recre­ation and ex­er­cise.

“It all starts with the kind of food one eats. A plate must be di­vided into two-one half be­ing vegetables the other half di­vided into starch and meat.

You should walk the dog or the cat, play with chil­dren and keep your weight checked.

“It has been stud­ied that in­creas­ing life ex­pectancy by one year in­creases GDP by four per­cent. Once a worker is well, you have a healthy alert em­ployee giv­ing 100 per­cent to tasks and avoid­ing ab­sen­teeism.

This ef­fec­tive­ness will im­prove turnover, growth, loy­alty and in­no­va­tion.”

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