THE Workers Compensation Funds (WCF) has continued to expand disability assessment services by increasing the number of professional doctors and other health experts capable of timely and quickly providing the service to victims in various parts of the country.
The Fund held the capacity building workshop in Morogoro Municipality this week, involving 93 doctors and health service providers from Mtwara, Lindi, Coast, Dar es Salaam and Morogoro regions.
The workshop focused on building the capacity for the health professionals on how to quickly and timely conduct impairment assessment that results from occupational injuries or contract occupational diseases arising out of and in the course of their employment.
Speaking during the workshop, WCF Director General Dr John Mduma said after the workshop a total of 1,178 health service providers would be able to conduct disability evaluation up from 1,085.
“The objective of training is to expand the network of health experts from public and private hospitals to do away with the challenges related to timely reaching targeted groups of individuals to assess their impairments, including their rightful compensations,” Dr Mduma insisted.
Speaking during the closing session, the WCF Director of Health Services, Dr Abdilsalaam Omary said the training was facilitated by experts from the Fund in collaboration with experts in conducting assessment on disability/impairment that results from occupational injuries or contract occupational diseases arising out of and in the course of their employment.
“We believe participants have benefitted from the technical expertise shared by the experts. We, at WCF, are determined to ensure our services reach every corner of this country to simplifying compensation procedures to the affected victims,” he said.
Doctors and other health service providers who participated in the training shared their experience after the session with most of them appreciating it.
“I will be a good ambassador to my fellow health officials because I have learnt that assessment on disability/ impairment results from occupational injuries is carried out after the patient has been treated and recovered (Maximum Medical ImprovementMMI) and not before,” said Dr Mohammed Khalifa from Newala district hospital.
Dr Noel Saitoti from Ikenywa Hospital in Dar es Salaam region said the training broadened his understanding on the roles of the Fund. Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) is a social security scheme established under the Workers Compensation Act No. 20 of 2008.
The Fund is responsible for compensating workers who suffer occupational injuries or contract occupational diseases arising out of and in the course of their employment.
In case of death of workers, the Fund is responsible for compensating dependants as per set criteria. The Scheme is operated under social security and insurance principles.