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WBCG assists Namdeb with their employee wellness campaign

Posted: 20 Jun 2019

Understanding that employee health programmes contribute to a healthier work environment, improved employee relations and increased productivity, Namdeb recently signed a Smart Partnership with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) to strengthen its employee wellness programme.

The special month-long wellness campaign kicked off on the 20th May with onsite testing at the mine’s land-based operations centre in Oranjemund. Employees who visit the WBCG’s mobile clinic, are provided with an array of wellness testing service options which includes Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and cholesterol screening, hypertension testing, as well as HIV counselling and testing. The employees can additionally receive referrals to care and support services and risk reduction counselling in cases where further medical assessments are required.

The partnership aims to promote health-seeking behaviour amongst Namdeb’s employees. A dedicated employee wellness programme helps employees make smart and healthy choices that can reduce health care costs, increase vitality and diminish absenteeism. It also sends a message to employees that the company cares about creating a healthy work environment.

“The campaign provides the company with the necessary qualitative and quantitative information to better inform strategic decision making processes, and assists the company to implement sustainable health solutions for its employees,” explains WBCG Wellness Project Manager, Mr. Edward Shivute. The desired outcome is for the employees to utilise the recommended intervention strategies and preventive measures to reduce the identified risks.

The WBCG collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to provide a high quality employee wellness screening service to corporate entities. This platform facilitates and supports the effective implementation of employee wellness programmes in Namibia, through concerted efforts and shared resources within the private and public sectors. As a result, it reaches a wider range of traditionally and generally perceived high key affected audience within various sectors.

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