Speaking at the 44th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair currently going on in the commercial capital, WCF’s Managing Director, Masha Mshomba said the money is part of contributions made by employers.
“Establishment of the Fund has been a blessing to many workers who get hurt while on duty sometimes being rendered completely incapacitated to work again which reduces families of victims into beggers,” Mshomba said while noting that when death of a member occurs, the WCF also takes care of the believed family.
He pointed out that since its establishment in 2016, the WCF has been paying compensation with 1.5bn/- paid then, an amount which has increased to over 8.5bn/-. “This fund has played a key role in providing relief to workers who have suffered chronic diseases or injuries that render them incapable of working again,” the WCF’s chief added.
He further stated that apart from compensating working victims, the WCF is also engaged in sensitization of stakeholders who include employers, medical doctors and other health practitioners that play a role in the process.
Mshomba explained that the stakeholders are also taught about what the law says relating to compensation to workers, occupational health and security so that incidents of people being injured or losing life while on duty are minimised.
“So far, we have trained over 1,064 medical doctors and health practitioners countrywide on how to evaluate injuries and diseases caused by work place hazards so that processing of compensations should be speeded up,” the WCF chief executive noted while commending the government of President John Pombe Magufuli for piloting the country into lower middle income status as recently announced by World Bank.