The local producer of crude oil and natural gas is pledging to maintain a strong health care programme for its staff and their families.
The Barbados National Oil Company Limited (BNOC) promotes a healthy workforce, limiting loss of productivity due to illness.
The oil company operates a health scheme through which it covers the health care costs of its staff and their immediately families.
Health, Safety, Security and Environment Officer Patrick Welch told Barbados TODAY it made sense for BNOC to contribute to its employees’ health.
“Our directors and management feel that health is very, very important. It is one thing to provide a good wage for our employees, but what is the sense of having a good wage if you don’t have good health? “
Welch referred to Government’s search for answers to its ballooning public health care costs, advising local companies to follow BNOC’s lead.
“If you look or if you listen and follow the news health care provision in Barbados is a challenge, it is expensive . . . some people have lost their jobs and must depend on polyclinic and hospital on these services, but if more companies can offer these services then you have the situation where you could take that load off the public health care system into the private health care system and that should redound the benefit of all,” he explained.
The company today held its annual fun day and health fair at its Woodbourne, St Philip base, where the over 150 staff members of both the BNOC and the Barbados National Terminal Company Limited (BNTCL) and their families, as well as residents in the area were given the opportunity to receive health checks and take part in a day of sporting activities.
Throughout the day staff members received information on a range of health issues, including cancer and diabetes; got their blood sugar and blood pressure checked, and were given massages.