Comprehensive medical care can yield a return on investment
Major mining and construction developments in Africa normally take place in the remote areas with little or no proper infrastructure development,
very limited healthcare infrastructure, hence medical rescue services are inevitable for the success of any project.
These services include well-trained medical and rescue personnel, equipped to handle an injury or disease found on sites. The service provider must be able to treat the patient, or to evacuate the patient to a more advanced treatment facility within 24 hours.
It is critical that during the pre-planning of the mine site that a well experienced medical rescue advisor be part of the initial planning and development phase of the project in order to have a proper medical rescue service, supplies and transport incorporated. In addition, adequate trained staff with the right equipment and medical supplies and the transportation of sick or injured staff by air or road should be planned for before the inception of the project. On-site treatment centres, building/ container clinics should be developed, with standard policies and procedures put in place and developed as the project grows.
Today, with the increase of technology, awareness and training options, remote site rescue has improved the healthcare, saved lives, time, money and enhanced productivity.
In addition, due to the past experiences and interactions, service providers have developed 40 foot container clinics that can be placed at a newly developed site. The success of this initiative has led to the adoption of the project by many especially those who cannot afford to build proper medical facilities.
The benefits of remote rescue operations include immediate medical treatment in case of illness or injuries, and that is becoming part of the health and safety delivery service. It also increases the positive attitude and confidence on the part of the employees, and as a reassurance to their immediate family members that treatment is available if and when needed.
Accidents and illness are covered by the remote rescue services, whether as a result of malaria infections, vehicle and any work related accidents, and thus reducing deaths and the chances of liability claims being instituted against the company.
In addition, the knowledge that there is a competent and equipped rescue team 24/7, who are able to undertake different task such water rescue, mountain rescue, trench rescue puts everyone at ease, including employees, employers and investors alike.
Expat Rescue- Medical, Rescue and Management
The company has grown over the past years to be a major-role player and a force to reckon with in the remote site medical rescue field. The organisation with a focus on mining, mineral exploration including major road construction sites, has extended its services to address the establishment and management of remote site medical rescue operations and standards.
Their services include all the Medical Rescue Services, Mining Support and Occupational Health Services for clients and their contractors. Their medical rescue services, patient care and client-base services has expanded their footprint in Africa to such an extent that, they have started to take over remote site clinics to improve medical support on behalf of the client, explains Corrie Botha, Director of Expat Rescue (Pty) Ltd.
Expat Rescue offers a combination of medical, rescue, and evacuation services that includes Medical- doctors, nurses and paramedics, occupational health nurses, hygiene specialists and clinic management. Fire and Rescue- Firefighters, rescue technicians and sea rescue life savers. Health and safety- Health and safety inspectors and managers, risk assessments and evacuation plans and procedures.
In addition, Training: – first aid training, basic fire training, vehicle rescue training, malaria training, snake bite training and environmental awareness training.
Comprehensive medical care can yield a return on investment
An international office in Mozambique – SOS da Assistiance – and satisfied African clients ENI, VALE Odebrecht, Anadarko, Rio Tinto and Kentz – to mention but a few – attest to Netcare 911’s ability to offer a comprehensive medical solution focusing on primary healthcare, occupational healthcare as well as – where required – turnkey on-site solutions that fit a client’s unique needs.
On-site solutions as provided by South Africa’s premier provider of Emergency Medical Services, Netcare 911, include laboratories and X-ray facilities, but could extend to it being closely involved in aspects pertaining to health and safety, providing on site ambulance services, creating health awareness through weekly toolbox talks, as well as training and continuous monitoring of breakouts to ensure implementation of preventative measurements on time.
Underground and surface mining, emergency preparedness and response and mass casualty incident management can also be delivered from a single platform, with the primary objective to ensure maximum employee and contractor confidence in the healthcare services delivered on site.
Netcare 911 provide adequate, prompt and professional services as well as back-up in the event of injuries or illness. They also assist in ensuring that the hazards faced by all personnel are controlled and reduced. This reduced risk has translated into a return on investment for many of Netcare 911’s clients – not only in human terms, but also in financial terms, where companies benefit financially from a decrease in lost working days.
If you want to join the ranks of satisfied clients in the local and international mining, industrial and commercial industries that benefit from Netcare 911’s track record and experience in providing comprehensive medical solutions that yield a return on investment, please contact Jannie Bronkhorst, Regional General Manager: Inland, Industrial Operations at 010 209 8911 or firstname.lastname@example.org