Case Study

SABODALA MINING Company

SCOPE OF THE REQUIREMENT

  • Provision of on-site medical services to operational mine.
  • Including equipment and supplies.

TIMELINES FOR THE REQUIREMENT

  • 2011 – On-going.

RESOURCES WHO WORKED ON THE REQUIREMENT

  • On-site ALS Paramedics.
  • Remote Site Managers.
  • HOD Remote Sites.
  • Cross-Border Chief Medical Officer.
  • Case Manager.
  • Various Admin Personnel.
  • Client HSE Manager.
  • External Professionals.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS VS ORIGINAL SCOPE

  1. Through the implementation of a comprehensive Malaria vector control programme the incidence of malaria-related absenteeism was drastically reduced.
  2. The original scope focused on on-site medical services. Through the provision of Pre-deployment Medical services the scope was expanded to include medical screening of expatriate candidates prior to their deployment to site.

STUDY

  1. By evaluating the medical incidents and treatment on site, it became clear that the bulk of medical incidents in the local population were related to Malaria, with a significantly higher incidence in night shift workers. The client suffered substantial productivity losses through Malaria-related absenteeism. iNHEMACO suggested that a Malaria vector study be commissioned to identify the specific mosquito and the most appropriate insecticide to curb the problem, to be followed by a structured Malaria spray programme at the project and in the surrounding villages.
  2. In evaluating the medical incidents and treatment on site, it became clear that the bulk of medical incidents in the expatriate population resulted from lifestyle choices or medical conditions that existed even before their deployment to site. Our Client found that they were suffering excessive direct and indirect losses through failed expatriate deployments. Costs varied from medical treatment, insurance premium increases to lost productivity and stoppages through the absence of key personnel.

ACTIONS & OUTCOMES

  1. iNHEMACO subcontracted with an esteemed entomologist (and malaria expert) who undertook the vector study and delivered his results. We then implemented a community based spray programme using the prescribed insecticides and equipment       (procured by iNHEMACO) and administered by local teams who underwent on-site training. The results were:
    1. Notable reduction in the number of malaria related medical incidents;
    2. Community upliftment and employment through the recruitment of malaria spray teams;
    3. Environmentally conscious, and targeted eradication of the malaria carrying mosquitos.
  2. iNHEMACO implemented a Pre-deployment Medical Screening Process where all inbound expatriate personnel were required to undergo a Travel Health Examination prior to deployment to the site of operation. The screening process delivered the favourable outcome of:
  • Fitter, less absent expatriate work force;
  • Less aero medical evacuations;
  • Better provision by expats in terms of their chronic medication supply;
  • Improved understanding of patient medical histories when administering medical care on site;

Fundamentally translating into improved productivity and cost savings for the client.

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