First Mutual Zimbabwe contacted biometric registration on campus at a wellness programme organised by the University of Zimbabwe early this week.
The Health insurance firm recently upgraded to biometric technology with the primary objective of improving service delivery in the health sector in Zimbabwe. The new system utilises fingerprints as a biometric identification method.
“Students are able to come through and do health check ups at our stalls. We are also registering students’ fingerprints using our new and innovative Biometric Identification system,” First Mutual Health said on its official Facebook page.
First Mutual Health is also focused on educating students and staff on noncommunicable diseases.
The main objective being to encourage members to be proactive and to promote a culture among members of the public to have routine check ups for Noncommunicable Diseases and not to wait till they are diagnosed sick.
Noncommunicable – or chronic – diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. The four main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.
The institution also conducted free, BMI calculations, BP check, Blood sugar level checks, Healthy leaving talks and membership card printing.
Other players in the insurance industry like Nyaradzo, Cimas and Old Mutual were amongst other insurance companies that took part in the wellnesss program.
The wellness program was organised by the University to promote Healthy leaving amongst university students and staff and to encourage more interaction between students and the insurance industry. At the same time creating insurance awareness among the students.
Zimbabwe currently has an insurance penetration rate of 1,5% and events such as these promote insurance uptake amongst the students. Lack of awareness on the importance of insurance has been cited as a major contributor to the low insurance uptake.