New empowerment medical rescue company launched

New empowerment medical rescue company launched

E- MED Rescue 24, a new medical emergency evacuation and ambulance facility, launched in the capital last week has been hailed as a significant development in the medical services provision industry of Namibia.

The new company moves in to fill the gap left by Netcare’s withdrawal from the Namibian market in February this year. Prime Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab, who launched the new empowerment company on Thursday night, said it demonstrated a “fundamental shift in the way we do business”.E-Med Rescue 24 is a black economic empowerment (BEE) company formed by an evacuation service alliance between Netcare 911 from South Africa, Namhealth and the Prosperity Group.The Prosperity Group started as Prosperity Health in Namibia in 1994 and has fast become the broadest-based healthcare organisation in Namibia.It administers and manages more than 70 per cent of the health care services in the Namibian medical aid market.Shareholders include Nammic (mining union funds), Labour Investment Holdings (LIH), Effort Investments (of the Namibia Public Workers Union), Kalahari Holdings (Swapo investment company) and Juventus (Swapo Youth League investment).Thursday’s launch of E-med was accompanied by a display of the equipment used by the company.This included helicopters and ambulances.Bertus Struwig, CEO of Prosperity Africa Holdings, said: “E-Med Rescue 24 has evolved, when the shareholders of Prosperity decided to fill the service vacuum which was left with the decision of the SA owned evacuation company Netcare 911, to withdraw from the Namibian market.Through the establishment of E-Med Rescue 24, we did not only ensure the continued employment of staff that worked for Netcare 911, but have also save guarded the keeping of scarce paramedical skills in Namibia.”The company has established a 24 hours, 7 day operations call centre, ambulance and paramedical services infrastructure and flight evacuation service and have partnered with other evacuation services in the region and World Wide Travel Evacuation to provide services to clients and members anywhere in Africa and the world, Struwig said.Struwig said Prosperity had grown from earning a premium income of N$150 000 in in its first year to a position where premium income and funds under management within the group across southern Africa, “will exceed N$1,5 billion for 2004 with more than 300 000 lives under our portfolio”.Operations and business interests cover South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia led him to label Prosperity.Prime Minister Gurirab said the new and welcome venture was set to enlarge the area of rescue evacuation and life-saving activity industry “that we need so much in our country of wide-open spaces and scattered communities”.He said E-Med Rescue 24 was a product of a private sector and labour smart partnership, and that, the Namibian Government supported the “progressive collaboration”.”Last year’s and this year’s devastating flood situations in the Caprivi Region have taught us enlightening lessons, far beyond what our intervention in drought situations in Namibia have meant thus far.We must invent new enterprises, new management tools and new partnerships that respond to life-threatening challenges and bring relieve to the needy.To maximise not just profit but also social security and to measure returns on investment beyond the bottom line is what we want, ” Gurirab said.Prime Minister Theo-Ben Gurirab, who launched the new empowerment company on Thursday night, said it demonstrated a “fundamental shift in the way we do business”.E-Med Rescue 24 is a black economic empowerment (BEE) company formed by an evacuation service alliance between Netcare 911 from South Africa, Namhealth and the Prosperity Group.The Prosperity Group started as Prosperity Health in Namibia in 1994 and has fast become the broadest-based healthcare organisation in Namibia.It administers and manages more than 70 per cent of the health care services in the Namibian medical aid market.Shareholders include Nammic (mining union funds), Labour Investment Holdings (LIH), Effort Investments (of the Namibia Public Workers Union), Kalahari Holdings (Swapo investment company) and Juventus (Swapo Youth League investment).Thursday’s launch of E-med was accompanied by a display of the equipment used by the company.This included helicopters and ambulances.Bertus Struwig, CEO of Prosperity Africa Holdings, said: “E-Med Rescue 24 has evolved, when the shareholders of Prosperity decided to fill the service vacuum which was left with the decision of the SA owned evacuation company Netcare 911, to withdraw from the Namibian market.Through the establishment of E-Med Rescue 24, we did not only ensure the continued employment of staff that worked for Netcare 911, but have also save guarded the keeping of scarce paramedical skills in Namibia.”The company has established a 24 hours, 7 day operations call centre, ambulance and paramedical services infrastructure and flight evacuation service and have partnered with other evacuation services in the region and World Wide Travel Evacuation to provide services to clients and members anywhere in Africa and the world, Struwig said.Struwig said Prosperity had grown from earning a premium income of N$150 000 in in its first year to a position where premium income and funds under management within the group across southern Africa, “will exceed N$1,5 billion for 2004 with more than 300 000 lives under our portfolio”.Operations and business interests cover South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Zambia led him to label Prosperity.Prime Minister Gurirab said the new and welcome venture was set to enlarge the area of rescue evacuation and life-saving activity industry “that we need so much in our country of wide-open spaces and scattered communities”.He said E-Med Rescue 24 was a product of a private sector and labour smart partnership, and that, the Namibian Government supported the “progressive collaboration”.”Last year’s and this year’s devastating flood situations in the Caprivi Region have taught us enlightening lessons, far beyond what our intervention in drought situations in Namibia have meant thus far.We must invent new enterprises, new management tools and new partnerships that respond to life-threatening challenges and bring relieve to the needy.To maximise not just profit but also social security and to measure returns on investment beyond the bottom line is what we want, ” Gurirab said.

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