South Africa: One Stop Health Centre for Miners

Pretoria — Mineworkers will soon have access to health and labour services at a One Stop Health Service Centre which will be built in Limpopo.

Services offered at the centre will include screening for silicosis, TB or any occupational lung disease.

The centre, which will cater for current and former mineworkers, will also treat workers and rehabilitate those that need rehabilitation.

The administrative wing of the centre will house various labour law related advice services.

The services will include maternity and paternal benefits managed by the UIF, compensation in relation to the Injuries and Disease Act (COIDA), benefits managed by the Compensation Fund (CF) of the Department of Labour, as well as compensation benefits under the Compensation Fund of the Department of Health.

The Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Ministers of Health Dr Joe Phaahla and Deputy Minister of Labour, iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa, on Monday joined hands in a sod-turning ceremony in Burgersfort, Limpopo, for the soon to be established One Stop Health Service Centre.

Current and former-mineworkers have been encouraged to call the toll free number: 080 100 0240 for any enquiries on mining related occupational diseases.

Source: allafrica

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