By Patience Chipembere
The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) Friday commissioned their first mobile clinic in Harare, Colbain Heights 61 Baines which is for their staff and pensioners.
This is in preparation to the Covid-19 third wave and the same centre will be used as an isolation centre for the NSSA staff.
Over 900 employees were affected by Covid-19 and at one of the staff members died.
“In the event that one is struck by the malady, Covid-19, at NSSA we should be prepared”, NSSA General Manager Arthur Manase.
“As it is, the medical section of the country is deteriorating, being a disadvantage to those who earn nothing or less.
NSSA has been utilising its mobile clinic to provide free medical assistance to pensioners in regions across the country.
NSSA aim to open more of these clinics so as to help a large number of pensioners and staff.
“It is the government expectation that adequate social protection measures are implemented efficiently through NSSA to mitigate the challenges that are associated with loss of income due to various reasons that include old age leading to retirement”, Minister Paul Mavima.
The act of Parliament established the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) whose functions are to administer every scheme and fund established in terms of this Act and advise the minister on all matters concerning the operations of schemes and matters relating to social security in general.
The international Labour organisation, (ILO) Social Security (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1952 (NO.102) outlines the main branches of social security and these include medical care, sickness, unemployment, old age, employment injury, invalidity and survivor’s benefits.
While the country is expecting to be hit hard by the third wave, NSSA has not stopped saving the society, but have managed to advance the needs of its pensioners and staff thus providing them fixed clinics at the same time saving their lives from Covid-19 by using the same clinics as isolation centres.