Damang Mine host communities receive medical care
Gold Fields’ Damang Mine, through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GFGF), organised free medical outreach programmes for two of its host communities on Saturday, 14 October, 2017. This event, which took place simultaneously in the Koduakrom and Subri communities, covered over 650 residents, with ages ranging from 8 months to 77 years.
Addressing the Koduakrom gathering, Abdel-Razak Yakubu, Damang’s Community Affairs and Stakeholder Relations (CASE) manager, said that the programme was organized to deliver quality healthcare to communities. He explained that the selection of the two communities, out of the nine stakeholder communities, was based on the distance these community members have to travel to reach the District Hospital.
As part of its health assistance programmes to host communities, the GFGF has constructed health facilities, including two clinics and nurses’ and doctors’ accommodation. These include the Damang clinic, which started operations in 2012, and the Bompieso community clinic, nurses’ and doctors’ quarters, which were commissioned in 2014. The Foundation also supports national immunisation, malaria prevention, hypertension, diabetes education and HIV/AIDS awareness programmes, among others.
The October medical outreach programmes were supported by medical officers from the Accra Medical Centre (AMC) and other departments from the Damang mine.
Some of the medical conditions identified and treated during the programme were general body ailments, malaria and helminthiasis (worm infection) amongst others.
Mr Yakubu said: “The medical outreach programme, which cost GHS 55,000 in medications, will be held annually in the mine’s host communities.” He also confirmed that some attendees with severe and chronic medical conditions like hypertension, asthma and diabetes were referred to other health facilities within the district.
Emmanuel Kofi Tamakloe, the Prestea-Huni Valley District Director of Ghana Health Service, lauded the Foundation for the programme and appealed to the mine to extend health infrastructure to all other impacted communities. He added that medical outreach programmes would help to improve the general well-being of community residents and play a key role in identifying potential health issues for early treatment.
About Gold Fields Ghana Foundation
The Gold Fields Ghana Foundation serves as the community development funding vehicle for Gold Fields Ghana’s Tarkwa and Damang Mines. The Foundation was registered in 2004, and has since then spent in excess of GHS 120 million on community development, particularly in health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation, and infrastructure. Through the Foundation, Gold Fields Ghana is currently funding a 28km public road from Tarkwa to Damang, at an additional cost of over GHS 70 million.
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