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Accra, June 2015: Gold Fields Ghana, the country’s largest gold producer with mines in Tarkwa and Damang, has presented medical supplies worth over GHS 34,000 (US$8,000) to the National Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The presentation was made by Gold Fields Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa, Alfred Baku, and is dedicated to the treatment of the surviving victims of the June 3, 2015, explosion in Accra, which claimed an estimated 75 lives and caused widespread property damage.
The supplies, which included gauze rolls, saline infusion, disposable gloves, bandages and several others items, were accepted on behalf of the Centre by the hospital’s Director of Medical Affairs Dr Samuel Asiamah.
Mr Baku expressed his personal and the company’s condolences to the families of the deceased, and pledged support for the treatment of those receiving medical care. He said: “It is our hope that the supplies we have donated today will help alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters, and demonstrate to the staff of the hospital that we are all willing to lend a helping hand.”
Mr Baku, who also visited the wards, spoke to some of the victims, commended the doctors, nurses and the other hospital staff for their dedication and commitment. He encourage the staff to continue being a source of hope to the patients.
Apart from the donation of medical supplies, Gold Fields Ghana has also contributed GHS 20,000 (US$5,000) through the Ghana Chamber of Mines to victims of the June 3 disaster.
Healthcare is a key focus area for Gold Fields Ghana and the company has to date spent over GHS 5 million (US$1,2 million) on the provision of healthcare facilities to its employees and communities.