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    Gweru Poly medical aid project scoops International Award



    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – Gweru Polytechnic has scooped an international special award in the All-Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) held in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia.
    The award is for a special medical aid project that the school came up with in order for vulnerable students to afford medical service while at school.
    Gweru Poly Principal, Washington Chandiwana confirmed the award to The Mirror and said that the recognition was an honour for its Medical Service Provision Project which was started in 2010.
    "We scooped a special award with our Medical Service Provision Project. We submitted the project under Innovative Partnership in Service Delivery category. Our award however, did not come under that category but was just announced as a special award of the ceremony and we are of the view that it surpassed the judges' expectations and they decided to give it a special recognition," said Chandiwana.
    The awards attracted 54 entries and were held under the theme "The Public Sector Innovating towards the Africa We Want' and they seek to promote innovativeness and good service delivery amongst different institutions.
    "To enter the awards institutions were supposed to submit a project and explain what the project is all about by answering some questions provided on the forms", said Chandiwana.
    He said that their project was meant to ensure that all students get access to good medical services in case of any sickness.
    The project was started after realising that the amount that students can afford for medical aid is too little to cover them.
    "Our students pay $10 for medical aid for the whole term which means they are paying $3.33 for medical aid each month and there is no way one can get medical treatment for that amount.
    "So we decided to engage medical aid societies and arranged that all our students be treated at one medical centre which is Clay Bank.
    "This means that every student despite their different social backgrounds receive medical treatment. The advantage we use is that not every student gets sick and this means the school will save some money and so far we have saved more than $20 000 with the project," said Chandiwana.
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