The cleaning exercise was led by the fund’s Director of Health Services and Evaluation, Dr Abdulsalaam Omary who said apart from donation of the equipment and cleaning the surrounding environment, WCF provided education to MOI workers, as they are among the fund’s potential stakeholders.
The event was part of commemorations of the Africa Public Service Week which is marked by members of the African Union (AU). The celebration involves a week of series of events from June 16th to 22nd each year.
Dr Omary said that MOI is among the major WCF stakeholders since they have been providing medical treatment to people who are injured at work. He said that WCF decided to engage in community activities as part of marking the public services day.
“We have donated various equipments that are used by doctors and nurses in their daily activities. The equipment will help protect doctors and nurses from injured in the course of implementing their duties”, said Dr Omary adding that they have also provided different equipment used for cleaning.
“We also educated some of the institute staff on what WCF has been doing”, he said.
MOI executive director, Dr Respisious Boniface commended WCF for providing the various goods to the hospital and patients as well as cleaning the hospital surroundings.
WCF was established under the Workers’ Compensation Act 2008 to provide compensation for employees injured or incapacitated in the course of employment.
The Act applies to all employers and employees from both the private and public sector in Tanzania mainland.
Under the Act, all employers are required to contribute to the WCF whereby private sector employers contribute 1 percent, and public sector employers contribute 0.5 percent of their annual tax bill for one year. Contributions are due on a monthly basis.