AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to its host community health centres in support of the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality.
The items included 40,000 hand gloves; 1,000 N95 face masks; 1,300 300ml hand sanitisers; and five infrared thermometers. They were presented to the Adieyie, Abompuniso, Bankyim, Wangarakrom, and Teberebie health centres.
Presenting the items on behalf of the mine, the Senior Manager, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Samuel Koffie, observed that the fight against the COVID-19 cannot be won if healthcare professionals who are at the forefront of the battle are not well resourced and adequately protected. He was, therefore, hopeful that the items would go a long way to assist in the fight against the pandemic.
Mr. Koffie further indicated that the mine had undertaken several interventions and measures to protect its employees, contractors, and host communities from contracting the COVID-19 in line with its Emergency Response Plan.
“We have embarked on rigorous sensitisation campaigns, both on site and across our host communities, to educate the people on COVID-19 preventive measures,” he stressed. “We have also donated hand washing facilities and assorted items to our host communities and high-risk areas in Tarkwa, including hospitals, lorry stations and major markets, as part of efforts to promote hand hygiene.”
On his part, the Senior Manager, Sustainability, Stephen Adjei, pledged Iduapriem Mine’s commitment to working with the Municipal COVID-19 Emergency Response Team to intensify community sensitisation and scale up contact tracing efforts to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus in the municipality.
Mr Adjei appealed to the general public to abide by the safety and social distancing protocols outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ghana Health Service, by continuing to maintain social distance, washing of hands with soap under running water, applying hand sanitisers and wear face masks.
The Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Health Director, Madam Caroline Effah Otoo, who received the items on behalf of the five health centres, commended the mine for the gesture and gave the assurance that the items would be used for the intended purpose.
She also bemoaned reports of stigmatisation against patients who have recovered from COVID-19, stressing that such practices only derail the collective efforts at combating the Coronavirus, and admonished the perpetrators to desist from such acts.
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