By EVAH BANIGE
COCA-Cola Amatil (CCA) (PNG) Ltd has taken the initiative to purchase cholera vaccines for its employees.
The vaccination commenced this month with 230 employees in Lae who live in areas identified as high-risk.
The vaccination is done by CCA’s own registered nurse at its clinic in Lae and will also be done at sales depots in Madang and Wewak.
CCA national human resources manager, Raymond Lohia, emphasised that CCA (PNG) Ltd was committed to addressing threats from communicable diseases such as cholera and had a range of awareness programmes through its health and well-being calendar.
It has also developed a communicable disease policy that provides guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of all its workers and has also made provisions for protection of rights and privacy of any employee who may succumb to any condition or ailment which would be classed as a communicable disease.
According to Mr Lohia, the initiative will see the vaccination of more than 300 employees and costs K100 per employee on wholesale value.
Retail value for cholera vaccines would be around K255.00 per person.