Kamoso Africa Donates P300,000.00 In Kind To Healthcare Workers
Kamoso Africa, a top player in the local fast-moving consumer goods industry, has made donations worth hundreds of thousands to Botswana’s Health & Wellness Ministry, as part of efforts to support the frontline workers involved in the Covid-19 response.
The group made up of various companies that spans manufacturing, supplies and retail, donated products valued at P300,000 to the country’s healthcare workers to ease their burden during these challenging times.
The food packs include the company’s locally manufactured goods as well as some brands that are distributed by Kamoso Africa. Individual food packs are being delivered this week to over 30 locations across the whole of Botswana.
The donation is on the back of a clarion call by the Botswana Government for companies to come on board to mitigate the Covid-19 impact and to assist in any ways possible. The FMCG group added that with the World Health Assembly designating 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the timing could not have come at a better time, proving how invaluable nurses are as they serve on the frontline to assist people in need.
“Kamoso Africa is truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers around the world, especially those in Botswana, who are on the frontline working tirelessly to care for the people in need,” said Ian Dewar, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, when handing over the donation to the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Botswana Nurses Union.
“In response to the Government of Botswana’s press release issued on 26 March 2020 calling for contributions towards the efforts to respond to the economic and social impact of COVID-19 and as a small token of Kamoso Africa’s appreciation for our nurses, we are delighted to donate food packs to frontline nurses who have been identified as targeted beneficiaries by the Government of Botswana,” he added.
Mr. Dewar further expressed deep gratitude to the Botswana Nurses Union for providing information on the issues faced by nurses and for facilitating the donation. The donation was a collaborative effort led by Michaela Powell-Rees and Luke Woodford, who coordinated and led the project management, while Auto Express provided warehousing, packaging facilities and delivery of the food packs in the Gaborone region.
“The voluntary contribution and support of these parties has enabled us to successfully execute the donation. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery,” Mr. Ian said.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Botswana for their dedication, commitment and effort in assisting the nation fight this global pandemic which is affecting all our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life.”
Boitekanelo College graduates serve occupational health services in COVID-19 crisis
The home of exceptional students and eminent academics, Boitekanelo College says it has market ready SHE officers that can be utilised by organizations in the core of the COVID-19 devastation.
Boitekanelo College has over the years positioned itself as a leading contributor to regional knowledge on health education and generating high level thinkers within the health sector.
In an exclusive interview with WeekendPost, Boitekanelo College Founding Provost Dr Tiroyaone Mampane said as an institution, they have been training graduates on occupational health and safety, as an important mechanism required to help fight the deadly Coronavirus in workplaces.
“COVID-19 is now teaching the rest of the world the prominence of occupational health and safety. We are now learning and realising the importance of fully understanding how organisations are structured, designed and the most imperative thing right now is all organizations are expected to adhere to certain hygiene practices and occupational health practices that can be brought into line with fighting this contagion,” Dr Mampane said.
‘’At Boitekanelo College, we have been training a lot of occupational health and safety students who are now graduates and market-ready, we do have more or less that are currently employed and some are not. This will obviously bring in an opportunity for our graduates to be able to be fully utilized by businesses or firms that are required to have SHE officers at their premises.’’
Dr Mampane stressed that as much as the infection is unscrupulous, it will bring good practices that could have been done previously, saying he faiths it will go even afar. He indicated that for developing countries such as Botswana, the only way to exhaust COVID-19 is through prevention, saying setting up qualified SHE officers can leg-up in that regard.
‘’There are no enough resources for emerging countries, so occupational health and safety if graduates can be fully utilized by organizations, they will drive proper assessments, temperature checks, proper run-through of all hygienic practices of isolations and all necessary things required from a medicine point of view that promotes a safe preparation
‘’It is very important that we must not compromise, the country needs skilled manpower and people that are properly trained such as our graduates. We are already ahead of the curve in terms of containing the virus, it will be important that as our government continues to lift restrictions, businesses and organizations also help by getting the right people with the right skills to do the right job at the right time. Our graduates will help government in that regard,’’ Mampane said.
Boitekanelo College offers a real world training experience that prepares students for a future in the health sector across the region. The College has over time developed strong links with the industry and work closely with some of the leading referral hospitals in Botswana.
The vision which informed the formation of Boitekanelo College is what has steered it towards its current status as a progressive institution, impacting lives through the graduates who have been developed in their respective fields of study at the institution, year after year since 2007. The college offers Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes accredited and approved by BQA and HRDC respectively.