SOS Netcare 911 recently opened a new clinic in the Mozambican coastal town of Vilanculos, having been awarded a tender to provide private medical care for Sasol employees and paid-for services to other members of the community.
“The Nhamacunda Clinic, which is located in Vilanculos, where Sasol Petroleum Temane’s (SPT) employees reside, offers comprehensive general practitioner and dental services, as well as occupational health assessments,” explains Netcare 911/SOS Serviços de Assistência Limitada network manager, Grace Barradas.
The clinic opened in March this year and brought a range of new services to the town, including pathology and radiology services, and a dispensary. It is also equipped with two wards comprising six beds for patients who require observation and overnight stays.
Doctors and staff at the clinic are drawn from both South Africa and Mozambique and there are also a number of employment opportunities for people from the local community.
Pictured outside the new clinic in Mozambique are, left to right: laboratory technician, Fernando Nhaquela; medical director at the Nhamacunda Medical Centre, Gideon Bahule; Netcare 911 chief operating officer, Craig Grindell; network manager, Grace Barradas; managing director of Netcare 911, Noeleen Phillipson; pharmacy technician Aurelio Matola; managing medical officer, Narciso Bande; clinicassistant, Horacio Nhamdimo; ambulance driver, Armando Langa; medical technician, Eleuterio Massingue; clinicadministrator, Ester Manhice; radiology technician, Albino Macandza; clinic assistant, Audência Chirrinze; receptionist, Fernando Matsovele; and head of nursing, Eusébio Macie.
“SPT employees and the public are able to access vaccinations and prophylaxis at the clinic, as well as ultrasound scans, X-rays and occupational health assessments including audiometry, spirometry and electrocardiography (ECG) in a modern setting. The clinic also offers first aid training by arrangement, so that the members of the public can learn the basics of dealing with medical emergencies,” she says.
“Emergency medicine in the area has also received a boost with the introduction of Netcare 911 ambulance services and a 24-hour emergency room. The clinic’s in-patient services are intended for medical emergencies only, so that patients can be stabilised and receive short-term care while medical emergency road or air evacuation to an appropriate facility is arranged for further defined treatment,” Barradas notes.
Managing director of Netcare 911, Noeleen Phillipson, welcomed the opening of the Nhamacunda Clinic. “The fulfillment of the SPT tender for operating this clinic represents another step forward in Netcare 911’s commitment to providing world-class medical services to companies and people outside of South Africa. It is our privilege to assist the SPT staff and their families, as well as members of the public, through offering a range of quality health services in this picturesque remote location.
“We wish the doctors, staff and patients of Nhamacunda Clinic all the very best in the years ahead, and trust that this new facility will contribute to the wellbeing of all who live in the community,” Phillipson concluded.
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