Gold Fields’ Damang mine in Ghana commemorates World Malaria Day
Our Damang mine in Ghana has marked World Malaria Day, held on 25 April 2018, with a durbar (community function) and the distribution of treated bed nets to 300 women in its Wassa Damang community. The mine also announced that, through the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation, it will upgrade the Huni Valley Health Centre this year and provide the Abosso Clinic with a sustainable water source.
The bed nets were given to new mothers and pregnant women. Speaking at the function, our Health Services Manager Dr Ishmael Sackey explained that pregnant women and children younger than age five were most vulnerable to contracting malaria. Dr Sackey, dispelled myths associated with the disease and encouraged recipients of the bed nets to use them properly and regularly to prevent malaria.
Abdel Razak Yakubu, Community Affairs and Stakeholder Relations Manager at Damang, mentioned that healthcare in our host communities remained a primary concern of the company. The 6-bed capacity Huni Valley Health Centre would be upgraded to 20 beds, while at the Abosso Clinic the construction of a mechanised water borehole with an electric pump and overhead tanks is currently being contracted.
Francis Toku Aubynn, assembly member for the Damang electoral area, thanked Gold Fields and called on the community to get involved in communal activities geared towards health and sanitation.
- Over the years, the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation has invested in various health initiatives in communities. For example, in in 2012 it commissioned a clinic for the Damang community. In 2014, another clinic was constructed and donated to the Bompieso community. Several nurses and doctors accommodation units have also been provided in surrounding communities.
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